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ERIC Number: EJ899131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Pathway of Contagion: The Identification of a Youth Suicide Cluster
Zenere, Frank J.
Communique, v37 n4 p1, 6-7 Dec 2008
As a school psychologist and crisis management specialist for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, a member of the NASP National Emergency Assistance Team, and an independent consultant, the author has provided postvention services following the suicides of over 50 students, including several suicide clusters. Providing assistance in the aftermath of a youth suicide requires a delicate and well-planned approach; responding to the occurrence of multiple youth suicides provides an even greater challenge for the school mental health professional. In this article, the author provides information regarding the critical factors of influence that drive the process of contagion and thereby enhance the potential for imitative suicide among youth. Findings gleaned from a case study are also reviewed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida