Teen Suicide: Too Young to Die

Teen Suicide: Too Young to Die

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by Cynthia Copeland Lewis

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-An exploration of the second most frequent cause of death among 15-19-year-olds. The author surveys attitudes toward suicide in other times and cultures, giving special attention to Japan, which has the world's highest youth suicide rate. The difficulties in adjusting to rapid societal changes are cited as driving the epidemic. Factors listed that make teens vulnerable are familiar ones-a significant loss; peer rejection; lack of communication, support, or unrealistic expectations within the family; alcohol and drug abuse; depressive illness; and the absence of coping skills. Lewis offers suggestions and lists organizations that can be of assistance, and urges the promotion of prevention through educational campaigns. An especially strong chapter deals with the aftermath of suicide on family and friends. Lewis has an impressive grasp of her subject. The book is thoughtful, useful, and readable. Michael Biskup and Carol Wekesser's Suicide (Greenhaven, 1992) and Stephen Flanders's Suicide (Facts on File, 1991) are comprehensive and mainly reference oriented. Margaret Hyde and Elizabeth Forsyth's Suicide (Watts, 1991) is first-rate, but lacks the style of this title.-Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Issues in Focus Series
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
11 Years

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