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Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 241–252 | Cite as

A quantitative and qualitative analysis of suicidal preadolescent children and their families

  • Ellen Greene Bush
  • Kenneth I. Pargament
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Abstract

This study identified a sample of suicidal preadolescent children who also were depressed, aggressive, and socially isolated. The study explored the dimensions of cohesion and control associated with the families of these children. Two hypotheses were suggested: 1) the families have a deficit in emotional bonding and 2) the families have a chaotic disciplinary style. It also seems likely that children learn suicidal behavior through observation of others in their family and social contexts.

Key words

Suicide Preadolescents Family Cohesion Control 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen Greene Bush
    • 2
  • Kenneth I. Pargament
    • 1
  1. 1.Bowling Green State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ToledoToledo

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