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ERIC Number: EJ785877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Coping Mechanisms, Stressful Events and Suicidal Behavior among Youth Admitted to Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Services
Chagnon, Francois
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v37 n4 p439-452 Aug 2007
This study examines the relationship between coping mechanisms and suicide attempts among 84 adolescents in the Quebec youth residential services. A new measure based on in-depth interviews is used to identify coping mechanisms. The suicidal youths used fewer adequate coping mechanisms than nonsuicidal youths when faced with comparable stressful events. Negative cognitive reframing, anger, and blaming others were more frequently reported by the suicidal youths. Contrary to certain theoretical conceptions, coping mechanisms were not stable and varied according to the context of the suicidal crisis. These findings indicate the usefulness of this approach to measure coping mechanisms and support the importance of programs aimed at developing coping skills for suicide prevention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada