Adolescent Suicide: Assessment And Intervention 2nd Edition by Alan L. Berman

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By Alan L. Berman

For the previous decade, Adolescent Suicide: evaluation and Intervention has been famous because the most sensible and so much authoritative textual content in this such a lot tragic of topics. This long-awaited moment version contains nearly 15 years of latest examine and demanding wondering scientific overview and intervention as well as an improved concentrate on prevention.

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In general, the more the decedent intends to produce death as a consequence of his or her behavior, the greater the potential lethality of the method selected to carry out that intention. This is especially true in the planned (vs. impulsive) use of particular methods. For example, firearms and hanging are more lethal methods than are overdose ingestion, carbon monoxide poisoning, or wrist cutting. In addition to issues of intent and lethality, the "choice" of a method of self-destruction is strongly influenced by a number of factors working independently and in combination.

Two out of three (67% of) youth suicides were by firearms, with males and non-Hispanic Whites being overrepresented among firearm deaths. Three fourths of these firearms were owned either by a family member or the decedent. More than half (51%) of the decedents had alcohol or drugs present at the time of death; the proportion of American Indian/Alaska Natives who had alcohol or drugs present was 74%. Youth who used a firearm, however, were less likely to be intoxicated or using drugs at the time of their death.

The state of Oregon has been a model in the United States for its surveillance of nonfatal suicidal behaviors and will be referenced frequently throughout this chapter. 2 World Suicide Rates (Latest Year Available), Ages 15-24 (min. 8:1 Note. From the World Health Organization. In the public domain. When age and race are examined together, age is a stronger predictor of suicide rates than is race. Between 1983 and 2000, in the United States, rates for older Black males ages 20 to 24 consistently exceeded those for younger White males ages 15 to 19.

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