Adolescent Suicide

Adolescent Suicide

by Paul R. Robbins
     
 

Suicide is now the third leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States, and some studies suggest that as many as 75 percent of all teenagers have considered killing themselves. Current research on young people who are suicidal (those who attempt and those who succeed) is discussed in a plain way. Among the wide ranging topics covered are the

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Suicide is now the third leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States, and some studies suggest that as many as 75 percent of all teenagers have considered killing themselves. Current research on young people who are suicidal (those who attempt and those who succeed) is discussed in a plain way. Among the wide ranging topics covered are the prevalence of adolescent suicide, racial and gender differences, methods used in the study of suicidal behavior, associated behavioral problems (e.g., drugs and alcohol), psychological profiles, precipitating events for suicide attempts, teenage suicide clusters, the effects of suicide on family and friends, the treatment of suicidal adolescents, and, most importantly, strategies for intervention and prevention.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
will benefit interested laypersons...provides a good review of which adolescents are likely to be at risk
VOYA - Cynthia L. Blinn
Why do some adolescents choose suicide? Robbins confronts this question by examining the research and presenting the findings "in a nontechnical fashion." He introduces the concept of research theories; notes important sociological, psychological, and biological theories; explores their application to adolescents; considers various studies' results; and cites the need for further research. Adolescent Suicide is accessible to readers without research experience. Though this book is aimed at the professional, as a seasoned youth service provider, I found it too basic to be of much use. The one exciting snippet of new information was that "a blood test...helpful in evaluating suicidal risk" may be on the horizon. One research team has found that persons "thinking about suicide have higher levels of the serotonin receptor 5-HT2A in blood platelets" and that "when the subjects stopped thinking about suicide, [these] levels dropped appreciably." Libraries serving students of sociology or adolescent development, particularly at the undergraduate level, will find Adolescent Suicide highly accessible for beginning students. Robbins provides a basic introduction to theories about adolescent suicide, the research (who tries? when? how?), possible interventions, types of therapy, and survivor issues. This book will benefit interested laypersons. For most VOYA readers, the psychological profile Robbins presents in chapter six provides a good review of which adolescents are likely to be at risk for suicide. Busy professionals faced with an adolescent who appears to be in crisis would do better to consult chapter four of Suicide: Opposing Viewpoints (Greenhaven, 1998), also reviewed in this issue, entitled "How Can Suicide Be Prevented?" The first viewpoint concerning intervention is concise and provides sound direction. Index. Biblio. Source Notes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786404148
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Psychologist Paul R. Robbins practiced psychotherapy in Silver Spring, Maryland for many years. He has had a long career as a researcher, publishing numerous scientific papers in psychological and psychiatric journals and is the author of 17 books, among them the Choice Outstanding Academic Title Romantic Relationships.

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