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Volume 16, Issue 3 (1987)

Reviews of Youth Suicide, Psychological and Educational Perspectives on Learning Disabilities, Assessment and Taxonomy of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

pp. 410—413

The prevalence of childhood suicide has increased dramatically in recent history and is considered to be the third leading cause of death among American youth today. This book, Youth Suicide, is the sixth volume in The Springer Series on Death and Suicide and was written with the intent of providing a comprehensive review of current knowledge regarding childhood suicide. Youth Suicide is a collection of 12 chapters written by psychiatrists and psychologists who are experienced in conducting therapy with suicidal youth, providing consultation and training for mental health agencies and schools, and conducting research in the area of childhood suicide. the book is divided into three major sections with an introductory chapter which provides a review of current trends in suicidal behavior among young children today. The contributing authors provide a discussion of: (a) a psychodynamic perspective of issues which may lead to childhood suicide, (b) treatment issues in suicidal depression and crisis intervention,and (c) the role of intervention and how schools may play a role in the prevention of childhood suicide.

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