Suicide in Children and Adolescents

Suicide is the fourth most common cause of death in the U.S. among 10-14 year olds, third among 15-19 year olds, and second among 20-24 year olds. Experts from all areas of psychiatry, (including epidemiology, neurobiology, genetics and psychotherapy) have brought together in this volume the most recent findings in their fields to address important questions. How can these deaths be prevented? Can they be anticipated? Are there perceptible patterns? What role do families and gender play? What are the treatments for and outcomes of suicide attempters?


"The strength of this volume lies in its breadth and depth. It is intelligently arranged into chapters and conveniently indexed to enable clinicians and researchers to find their desired topics with ease. It has the range of a textbook and should fit in well with the other books in the Cambridge Child and Adolescent Psychiatry series. Armed with its findings, clinicians can hope to minimize the mortality in child psychiatry and researchers can hope to minimize the mortality in child psychiatry and researchers can hope to understand suicide so as better to formulate the next set of questions--and eventual answers--in suicide treatment and research." Lawrence Maayan, Yale Child Study Center, Harold S. Koplewicz, New York University Child Study Center, Journal of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

"The value of this book in studying the epidemic of teen suicide is its encompassing look at different risk factors for vulnerability to suicidal behavior. It is not often that one is able to find concise and cogent analyses of biological bases of aggression, diathesis for suicidal behavior, postmodern influences across cultures, the role of loss in suicide, and treatment interventiions and outcomes in one text. This book is highly recommended for professionals in the aforementioned fields, students, and lay people working with at-risk children and adolescents." C. Matthew Nichols, Fordham University, International Journal for Adolescent Medicine & Health

"This book moves beyond the traditional approach of viewing suicide as a diagnostic feature of depression, personality disorder or other diagnostic category per se&R, and discusses suicide and suicidal behaviours as a continuum of behaviours which cut across diagnostic boundaries. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has any contact with suicidal youth, particularly for the chapters addressing assessment and treatment." Lindsey Kent, Psychological Medicine

"...concise, carefully conceptualized, and well written...The authors have a wonderful way of making sense out of the complex interplay of biopsychosocial and psychodynamic forces that lead youth to end their lives. The topics of suicide evaluation and prevention are immensely helpful and very thorough, especially for healthcare professionals working with children." Doody's Review Service