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The number of adolescent suicides has risen steadily over the past thirty years. The United States Department of Health and Human Services reported that from 1950-1982, the suicide rate for adolescents increased by 300% (McGinnis, 1987). About 6,000 young people murder themselves each year (Keasey & Keasey, 1988). According to Johnson and Maile (1987) the problem of adolescent suicide is not confined to the United States as both Canada and Western European countries have experienced an increase in suicide rates in the past ten years. Neither is the problem confined to a particular area of the United States. The overall suicide rate for youths 15-19 years of age was 15.5 per 100,000 in 1982 (McGinnis, 1987). That compared with Smith and Crawford's (1986) study of Kansas high school students in which they found a rate of 13.5 per 100,000. Similarly, the Iowa Department of Health reported a suicide rate of 13.3 per 100,000 for its 15-19 year olds in 1983 and 17.5 in 1986 (Blundell, 1987).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Audrey L. Smith


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