Volume 19, Issue 2 (1990)
Suicidal Behavior in School-Aged Youth
Abstract: Increasingly school administrators and parents are expecting school psychologists to be skillful in identifying and treating the suicidal youngster. Yet a survey of graduate training programs in psychology reveals that only a third offer specific training in suicidology (Bonger, 1080). This observation suggests that many psychologists may not be as knowledgeable or clinically skilled in performing these tasks as they are in others. The literature pertaining to suicidal youth is reviewed,making certain distinctions so that a more coherent picture emerges out of superficially confusing literature. For clinicians additionally interested in a discussion of psychotherapeutic technique with the suicidal adolescent, see Smith(in press).
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