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.

Key Features

@introbul:KEY FEATURES @bul:* Includes an outline form of an assessment battery for adolescents who have attempted suicide @bul:* Analyzes and discusses treatment and case studies @bul:* Presents detailed descriptions of specific therapy techniques useful with adolescents who attempt suicide @bul:* Includes succinct reviews of the literature, ways to measure relevant factors related to suicidal behavior, tips for clinicians, and reviews of pertinent assessment measures


Social workers, youth workers, police and social agency psychologists, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.

Table of Contents

Precursors to Adolescent Suicide Attempts. Predisposing Factors in Suicide Attempts: Life Stressors. Mood States: Depression. Anger. Anxiety. Cognitive Factors: Hopeless, Coping, and Problem-Solving. Behavioral Factors: Substance Use. Behavioral Factors: Impulsive and Aggressive Behavior. Social Factors: Family Functioning. Social Factors: Peer Relationship. Social Factors: Isolation and Loneliness versus Social Activity. High-Risk Populations. The Outcome of Suicide Attempts among Adolescents. Case Examples. Treatment of Adolescent Suicide. Working with Suicide Teens: Integrating Clinical Practical and Current Research.


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© 2003
Academic Press
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About the editors

Anthony Spirito

Affiliations and Expertise

Brown Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

James Overholser

Affiliations and Expertise

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.


"This book contains a number of pearls of clinical wisdom that can be helpful in evaluating suicidal youth... this book represents an up-to-date compendium of information about youth suicide attempts... this book is one worth having as a reference, guide, and teaching tool for those who work with youths at risk of suicidal behavior." -JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY