Suicide and Homicide among Adolescents

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The problem of violence among youth has become increasingly serious. Issues related to adolescent suicide and, to a lesser extent, adolescent homicide have been addressed in the literature, yet few experts have focused on the connections that exist between the two. This groundbreaking volume examines the clinical and epidemiologic singularities and differences between youth suicide and homicide, offering valuable insights into both, and providing a foundation for the development of public health policies and ...
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Overview

The problem of violence among youth has become increasingly serious. Issues related to adolescent suicide and, to a lesser extent, adolescent homicide have been addressed in the literature, yet few experts have focused on the connections that exist between the two. This groundbreaking volume examines the clinical and epidemiologic singularities and differences between youth suicide and homicide, offering valuable insights into both, and providing a foundation for the development of public health policies and prevention strategies. The authors address such questions as: What are the current rates of adolescent homicide and suicide? What are the long-term trends? What are the relationships between homicide and suicide? Is there more of a problem now than in years past? Is there a relationship between youth violence and the media? Who is most likely to commit suicide and/or homicide? What types of treatment and prevention strategies might prove most effective? This book reviews the relevant literature and presents new data from a range of international sources to provide an in-depth, comprehensive examination of youth violence. Epidemiologic patterns and demographic variables among adolescents in the United States are compared with trends in other countries. Using information gleaned from these long-term patterns, the authors present various approaches for the development of effective prevention and intervention strategies, and they explore the possibility of predicting longitudinal trends. Ideal for professionals in the various mental health fields, this book is also valuable for anyone working with the families of suicide and homicide victims.

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Editorial Reviews

Threatening Behavior

"This volume should be required reading for those wishing to grasp the research or clinical issues of this important topic....This book should be on the reference shelf of anyone seriously involved with youth, but it should not be placed on that shelf until its contents have been read, studied, and pondered.-Suicide and Life"--Threatening Behavior
Journal of the American Medical Association

"An important contribution to our understanding of a troubling social ill of our time--violence by and upon adolescents..."--Journal of the American Medical Association
The New England Journal of Medicine

"The authors should be applauded for their effort and interpretive skill. Out of a science of sumbers, they have constructed a nomothetic net that captures their subject matter and deserves every clinician's attention."--The New England Journal of Medicine
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Abigail B. Sivan, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This timely book reviews the research literature and data from a wide variety of sources to create a comprehensive picture of the most significant problems of youth violence, suicide and homicide. It also presents suggestions for potentially useful interventions to counter the trend of violence.
Purpose: The authors' purpose was to integrate two usually disparate data sources, the epidemiological and the clinical, into a unified approach to both the etiology and prevention of youth violence. There are few books available that address this issue and none that do so in such a scholarly fashion.
Audience: The book is written for professionals who work closely with youth and should be useful to educators, mental health practitioners, and clergy as well as the authors' physician colleagues. Better authors for this book could not be found; each is respected and a consummate researcher in his own area of related concern.
Features: The book is rare in the breadth of the references and approaches on which it is based. Theories and data from environmental and developmental psychology are included in addition to the more typical medical/epidemiological and psychiatric data bases generally used to explore the issue of teen violence. Many graphs and data tables add to the success of the integration of varied approaches.
Assessment: This book provides a powerful antidote to the long-held belief that suicide and homicide rates are inversely related. In reality, the rates are parallel and in fact, increasing with alarming speed. Data on the comorbidity of psychiatric disorders in the etiology of suicidal behavior and the paucity of data on the perpetrators of homicide both underscore a direction for future research and usefulness of prevention strategies such as firearm restriction. This book is an important addition to the libraries of those concerned with the well-being of our youth.
Abigail B. Sivan
This timely book reviews the research literature and data from a wide variety of sources to create a comprehensive picture of the most significant problems of youth violence, suicide and homicide. It also presents suggestions for potentially useful interventions to counter the trend of violence. The authors' purpose was to integrate two usually disparate data sources, the epidemiological and the clinical, into a unified approach to both the etiology and prevention of youth violence. There are few books available that address this issue and none that do so in such a scholarly fashion. The book is written for professionals who work closely with youth and should be useful to educators, mental health practitioners, and clergy as well as the authors' physician colleagues. Better authors for this book could not be found; each is respected and a consummate researcher in his own area of related concern. The book is rare in the breadth of the references and approaches on which it is based. Theories and data from environmental and developmental psychology are included in addition to the more typical medical/epidemiological and psychiatric data bases generally used to explore the issue of teen violence. Many graphs and data tables add to the success of the integration of varied approaches. This book provides a powerful antidote to the long-held belief that suicide and homicide rates are inversely related. In reality, the rates are parallel and in fact, increasing with alarming speed. Data on the comorbidity of psychiatric disorders in the etiology of suicidal behavior and the paucity of data on the perpetrators of homicide both underscore a direction for future research and usefulness of preventionstrategies such as firearm restriction. This book is an important addition to the libraries of those concerned with the well-being of our youth.
Booknews
A non-technical examination of the clinical and epidemiological similarities and differences between youth suicide and homicide, throwing light on both forms of violence that could be used to inform public policies and prevention strategies. The four authors, all psychiatrists, cover the theoretical framework, epidemiological and demographic patterns, a cross-cultural perspective, and intervention and prevention. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898627886
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author


Paul C. Holinger, M.D., M.Ph., is Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of the Center for Infant and Developmental Psychiatry, Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. He is also currently in private practice of child and adult psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Nature of the Problem 9
3 A Theoretical Framework 23
4 Epidemiologic Patterns: United States 34
5 Demographic Patterns: United States 64
6 A Cross-Cultural Perspective 86
7 Suicide: Intervention and Prevention 103
8 Homicide: Intervention and Prevention 150
9 Epilogue 180
Appendix I. Suicide Rates for 15- to 19-Year-Olds, by Sex and Race, United States, 1933-1990 193
Appendix II. Homicide Rates for 15- to 19-Year-Olds, by Sex and Race, United States, 1933-1990 195
Appendix III. Suicide Rates for 20- to 24-Year-Olds, by Sex and Race, United States, 1933-1990 197
Appendix IV. Homicide Rates for 20- to 24-Year-Olds, by Sex and Race, United States, 1933-1990 199
References 201
Index 221
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