Evaluating and Treating Adolescent Suicide Attempters
From Research to Practice
- Anthony Spirito, Brown Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
- James Overholser, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the emotional, behavioral and cognitive characteristics of adolescents who have attempted suicide. Each chapter opens with a case study vignette from the author's extensive clinical files followed by a summary of the empirical literature. Assessment and treatment practices close each chapter. While suicide is the third largest killer of adolescents, most suicide attempts do not result in death. Therefore the treatment of the suicide attempter following the attempt becomes a significant part of the clinician's work with these adolescents. Moreover, the precursors and behavioral markers for a suicide attempt become important signals for the school counselor, youth worker, or therapist. This book also include assessment measures to use when evaluating an adolescent who has attempted suicide.
Social workers, youth workers, police and social agency psychologists, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.