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Suicide: the act of killing one's self intentionally. The word reaches out and grabs every one of us who reads or hears it. It is a word which is at the very heart of our innermost fears. Suicide is an action which has been romantically praised in western culture by William Shakespeare in "Romeo and Juliet." It has been glorified in the eastern culture through the ritual of Hari-kiri and also in the kamakazi mission of death. "Suicide, which once ranked twenty-second on the list of causes of death in the United States, now rates tenth, and in some states sixth" (Grollman, 1971, p. 8). Grollman (1971), contends that to most people, self-imposed death was some bizarre form of unconventional behavior, usually signifying insanity. Today, with a greater awareness of the increasing complexity of human life, we must acknowledge that suicide is more than just a personal decision; it is a disease of civilization (p. 5). Suicide is the action which man uses to destroy everything that he has attempted to preserve. Suicide in youth is a t

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Master of Arts


Department of School Administration and Personnel Services

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Audrey L. Smith


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