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.

Some Strategies to Prevent Youth Suicide

Some Strategies to Prevent Youth Suicide

Some strategies to prevent youth suicide
David A.Brent

One challenge of prevention is to find an intervention that is efficient as well as effective. Because youth suicide results from the convergence of multiple risk factors, prevention of youth suicide can be most effectively and efficiently achieved by developing and applying interventions that affect multiple risk factors. In this chapter, I briefly review studies of adolescent suicide that identify the most salient risk factors for suicide, try to sift the evidence in terms of a hierarchy of importance for those risk factors, and, finally, recommend some lines of intervention that may target multiple risk factors.

Shaffer et al. (1996) conducted a large, controlled psychological autopsy study of adolescent suicide. In males, the most ...

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