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Teen Suicide

Teen Suicide

by Nikki Goldman

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7-10These series titles provide a wide range of information and advice about two critical social problems. Goldman notes the alarming rise in teenage suicides in the U.S. in recent years, especially among younger adolescents. She goes on to discuss a number of negative lifestyles and influences such as substance abuse, eating disorders, rock lyrics, and the romanticizing of suicide that may lead troubled youths to self-destruction. Chronic depression and other warning signs are addressed; guidelines related to prevention are given. The final chapter deals with the concerns and problems of those who have lost a relative or friend to suicide. This book has more information and a livelier format than Sandra Gardner and Gary Rosenberg's Teenage Suicide (Messner, 1990). Sonder discusses the various types of gangs in contemporary culture and points out that their activities almost always descend into antisocial and illegal behavior. The attraction of race gangs and their defensive superiority codes are explored. Also highlighted is the relationship of gangs to the drug trade and prostitution. The book concludes with guidance about getting out and staying out of these groups. Marilyn T. Oliver's Gangs (Enslow, 1995) is less comprehensive but presents more material about female gang members. Goldman's writing is clearer while Sonder's breezy script is sometimes wordy and preachy. Both books include personal profiles. Black-and-white photos and brief sidebars enhance the open format. Resource agencies and hotlines are included. For reports and general readers.Judith L. Miller, formerly at Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, IN

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Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date:
Life Issues
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
11 Years

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