Reducing Adolescent Risk: Toward an Integrated Approach focuses on common influences that result in a number of interrelated risk behaviors in order to design more unified, comprehensive prevention strategies. Edited by Daniel Romer, this book summarizes presentations and discussions held at the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute of the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg Public Policy Center. Concentrating on common causes for varied risk behaviors, a group of leading researchers and intervention specialists from different health traditions synthesize current knowledge about risks to adolescent health in several areas, including drugs and alcohol, tobacco, unprotected sex, suicide and depression, and gambling.   Primarily intended for graduate students, scholars, and researchers in psychology, sociology, social work, and public health, Reducing Adolescent Risk is also an extraordinary resource for policy makers in government organizations and foundations.

Suicide Risk Among Adolescents

Suicide risk among adolescents
Madelyn S.Gould

A range of risk behaviors threatens an adolescent's successful transition into adulthood, including problem- and health-related behaviors, such as drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and unprotected sexual intercourse. “Adolescents at risk” do not merely consign their futures to marginal roles in adult society (Ginzberg, 1991); many will be victims of premature deaths due to suicide, homicide, contracting human immunodeficieny (HIV) infection, and other self-injurious behaviors. This chapter focuses on the risk factors for suicide and suicide attempts among youth and examines the extent to which suicide risk covaries with other risk behaviors in adolescence.

The main risk factors for youth suicide to be reviewed here were identified by a review of official mortality statistics (e.g., Centers for Disease ...

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