“I Don’t Want to Live”: The Adolescent at Risk for Suicidal Behavior

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Book Chapter

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In D. Capuzzi & D.R. Gross (Eds.), Youth at risk: A prevention resource for counselors, teachers, and parents. (6th ed.) Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

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This chapter defines the problem of adolescent suicide by looking at ethnic differences, methods, risk factors, precipitants, myths, & profiles, & then presents a case study & explores individual, family, & school & community approaches to prevention. The chapter continues with a thorough examination of intervention strategies, including guidelines for identifying, counseling, & managing youth at risk for suicide as well as guidelines for actions to take in the case of attempted or completed suicide. A brief look at adaptations for diversity concludes the chapter. (49 refs)