Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Teenagers--Suicidal behavior; Suicide--Risk factors;
Over the past decade, there has been an alarming increase in the rate of suicide among the adolescent population. It has been reported that among the 15 to 24- year-old population, the incidence of suicide has increased 200 percent since 1960. Suicide is now the third leading cause of death among adolescents and adults, ages 15 to 24- year-olds.
The purposes of this literature review are to (1) examine and identify factors that contribute to suicidal ideation in adolescents, (2) evaluate the adequacy of assessment measures of suicidal behavior including self-report, projective, and interviewing techniques, and (3) evaluate the general psychometric properties of three well developed self-report measures of suicidal behavior: the Reasons for Living Inventory (RFL; Linehan, Goodstein, Nielsen, & Chiles, 1983), the Multi-Attitude Suicide Tendency Scale (MAST; Orbach et al., 1991 ), and the Suicide Probability Scale (SPS; Cull & Gill, 1988).
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations
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©1998 Joe S. Rich
Rich, Joe S., "Adolescent suicide : a review of contributing risk factors and issues of assessment" (1998). Graduate Research Papers. 1386.