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Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 1–9 | Cite as

Treating Suicidality in African American Adolescents with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

  • Curtis E. Bryant
  • Jeanette Harder
Article

Abstract

Methods for preventing adolescent suicide are surveyed, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is explored as a method for serving suicidal African American adolescents. Strengths, limitations, and compatibility of CBT with social work values are examined. Although CBT shows much promise in helping suicidal African American adolescents, research on the efficacy and effectiveness of CBT with this population is lacking. Suicide risk and protective factors and social inequities are evaluated as they relate to African American adolescents generally. In addition to relieving suicidal symptoms, CBT potentially could facilitate social liberation for this population.

Keywords

Suicide African American Cognitive-behavioral therapy adolescent 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaUSA
  2. 2.University of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaUSA

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