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ERIC Number: EJ897928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-1532-5024
Suicide among Preadolescents: A Call to Action
Westefeld, John S.; Bell, Allison; Bermingham, Charles; Button, Christopher; Shaw, Kari; Skow, Christine; Stinson, Rebecca D.; Woods, Tamara
Journal of Loss and Trauma, v15 n5 p381-407 2010
Suicide among preadolescents is a relatively rare phenomenon. Due to the infrequency of suicide among this population, this area of study has received limited investigation relative to suicide in other age groups and populations. This article reviews research related to suicide among preadolescents, defined as children under the age of 13. The nature/extent of the problem, risks/protective factors, prevention, intervention, and postvention are discussed. The article also reports on a brief empirical investigation whereby the authors attempted to collect suicide data on preadolescents from all 50 states. Implications for suicidologists and other human service professionals are described. An argument is made for examining issues related to preadolescent suicide separately from adolescent suicide. Researchers are encouraged to expand empirical research dealing with this topic and population.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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