Suicidal Behaviour,Bereavement and Death Education in Chinese Adolescents: Hong Kong Studies

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Why are rates of suicidal behaviour in Chinese adolescents are so high? What factors in school, community, family and interpersonal relationships cause this tragedy? Using key new research from leading researchers and social workers with first hand knowledge of these problems in Hong Kong, this enthralling study examines those most at risk and signposts the most effective interventions in therapy and strategic prevention programmes. The result is a highly original and readable account which will be compulsive reading for social workers and academics around the world.

Author Biography: John W.L. Tse, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong and Christopher Bagley, Professor of Social Work Studies, Department of Social Work Studies, University of Southampton, UK.

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Editorial Reviews

Gajendra K. Verma
I commend this book to educators, clinical specialist and social workers not only in Chinese cultures, but to all those who work with multicultural populations in Europe and North America.
Tse (applied social studies, City U. of Hong Kong) and Bagley (social work studies, U. of Southampton, UK) present eight contributions of qualitative and quantitative research on facets of causes of suicide and suicide prevention efforts in Hong Kong and China. Chapters look at cultural values, family and community stress, parental death, and other factors as possible causes. Programs of death education, peer counseling, and social support are considered as possible solutions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754616269
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
The Contributors
1 Suicidal Behaviour in Chinese Youth: Search for Causes and Risk Factors 1
2 Preventing Suicidal Behaviour in Chinese Youth: The Role of Peer Counselling 25
3 Self-Esteem in Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong and Britain 38
4 Role of Family and Community Stress in Suicidal Ideas and Behaviour 49
5 The Suicidal Risk Scale for Hong Kong Students 62
6 How Chinese Adolescents Cope with Parental Death 111
7 Stress, Social Support and Quality of Life of Bereaved Spouses 154
8 Death Education: A Tool of Child and Adolescent Suicide Prevention 177
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