Suicide in Children and Adolescents

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Robert A. King, Alan Apter
Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 2003 - Medical - 320 pages
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In an epoch when rates of death and illness among the young have steadily decreased in the face of medical progress, the persistently high rates of youth suicide and suicide attempts around the world remain a tragic irony and a challenge to both our clinical practice and theoretical understanding. How can these deaths be prevented? Can they be anticipated? Are there perceptible patterns of risk and vulnerability? What role do families, gender, culture, and biology play? What are the treatments for and outcomes of suicide attempters? To address these questions, experts from around the world in all areas of psychiatry, from epidemiology, neurobiology, genetics and psychotherapy, have brought together their current findings in Suicide in Children and Adolescents.
 

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Contents

The epidemiology of youth suicide
1
Suicide and the continuum of adolescent selfdestructiveness is there a connection?
41
Adolescent attempted suicide
63
Familial factors in adolescent suicidal behavior
86
Biological factors influencing suicidal behavior in adolescents
118
Psychodynamic approaches to youth suicide
150
Crosscultural variation in child and adolescent suicide
170
An idiographic approach to understanding suicide in the young
198
Assessing suicidal behavior in children and adolescents
211
Suicide prevention for adolescents
227
Cognitive behavioral therapy after deliberate selfharm in adolescence
251
Followup studies of child and adolescent suicide attempters
271
Children and adolescents bereaved by a suicidal death implications for psychosocial outcomes and interventions
294
Index
313
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About the author (2003)

Born 29 Jan 1943. Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center at Yale University.

Born 15 Jan 1946 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Chairman of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel, and Professor of Psychiatry at the Sackler School of Medicine in the University of Tel-Aviv Medical School.