Suicide in Adolescence

  • René F. W. Diekstra
  • Keith Hawton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introduction

    1. René F. W. Diekstra, Keith Hawton
      Pages 1-3
  3. Trends and factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. René F. W. Diekstra, Ben J. M. Moritz
      Pages 7-24
  4. The suicide of an adolescent girl

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-26
    2. René F. W. Diekstra
      Pages 27-41
  5. Assessment and treatment

  6. Family and suicide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-126
    2. Cynthia R. Pfeffer
      Pages 127-137
    3. Norman L. Farberow
      Pages 139-152
  7. School and suicide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-154
    2. Charlotte P. Ross
      Pages 155-172
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 191-196

About this book


The official death rates from suicide vary considerably between countries in the world for which data are available. They range from 3 to 45 persons a year, per 100,000 of population. Historically, the higher rates of suicide are in the older age groups and in males. However, the general trend in the last twenty years has been for suicide increasing in the younger age groups (15-34) and in femah;s. It has been suggested that thi~ development is related to the phenomenon of attempted suicide, of which the rates in most industrialized countries have doubled and in some countries even tripled over the past two decades. The average rate of attempted suicide is now estimated to be around 200 per 100,000 for males and 350 for females. Almost two-thirds of these occur before the age of thirty. Although the majority of attempted suicide are not intended to be lethal, once a suicide attempt has been made, there is more likelihood of subsequent death by suicide. As many as ten percent of people who have made a previous unsuccessful attempt commit suicide at a later stage in their lives. rersons with increased likelihood to commit suicide are youngsters from disrupted families and from families with a history of suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, those who have failed at school, the unemployed and those suffering from depression.


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Editors and affiliations

  • René F. W. Diekstra
    • 1
  • Keith Hawton
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of LeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Warneford HospitalOxfordUK
  3. 3.University of OxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8388-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-4253-0
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