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Preface

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 December 2009

Robert A. King
Affiliation:
Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center at Yale University
Alan Apter
Affiliation:
Director of the Feinberg Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel; Professor of Psychiatry, Sackler School of Medicine, University of Tel-Aviv
Robert A. King
Affiliation:
Yale University, Connecticut
Alan Apter
Affiliation:
Tel-Aviv University
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Summary

In an epoch when rates of death and illness among the young have steadily decreased in the face of medical progress, the persistently high rates of youth suicide and suicide attempts in the West remain a tragic irony and a challenge to both our clinical practice and theoretical understanding. The purpose of this monograph is to present the current state of scientific and clinical knowledge regarding suicidal behavior in children and adolescents.

Clinical epidemiology now makes it possible to examine rates of completed suicide, as well as rates of suicidal ideation and attempts of varying degrees of severity in defined community populations of adolescents and children. Beyond prevalence rates, these studies provide important data on the demographic and psychosocial correlates of suicidal behavior, uncontaminated by the selection biases inherent in clinical samples. Despite the innate limitations posed by the unavailability of the key informant, modern postmortem psychological autopsy techniques also now give us systematic information concerning psychopathology and other risk factors in young suicides.

Although no single factor explains youth suicide, progress has been made in beginning to tease apart the tangle of intersecting domains of vulnerabilities that are associated with suicidal behavior in the young. Suicide is the most dramatic of the spectrum of self-destructive and health-endangering behaviors that unfortunately characterize adolescence. One of the editors' goals is to examine youth suicidal behavior in the context of this spectrum.

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Print publication year: 2003

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  • Preface
    • By Robert A. King, Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center at Yale University, Alan Apter, Director of the Feinberg Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel; Professor of Psychiatry, Sackler School of Medicine, University of Tel-Aviv
  • Edited by Robert A. King, Yale University, Connecticut, Alan Apter, Tel-Aviv University
  • Book: Suicide in Children and Adolescents
  • Online publication: 04 December 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511550423.001
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  • Preface
    • By Robert A. King, Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center at Yale University, Alan Apter, Director of the Feinberg Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel; Professor of Psychiatry, Sackler School of Medicine, University of Tel-Aviv
  • Edited by Robert A. King, Yale University, Connecticut, Alan Apter, Tel-Aviv University
  • Book: Suicide in Children and Adolescents
  • Online publication: 04 December 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511550423.001
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  • Preface
    • By Robert A. King, Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center at Yale University, Alan Apter, Director of the Feinberg Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel; Professor of Psychiatry, Sackler School of Medicine, University of Tel-Aviv
  • Edited by Robert A. King, Yale University, Connecticut, Alan Apter, Tel-Aviv University
  • Book: Suicide in Children and Adolescents
  • Online publication: 04 December 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511550423.001
Available formats
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