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Suicide, in general, has been described by Durkheim {1951) as "all cases of death resulting directly or indirectly from a positive or negative act of the victim himself, which he knows will produce this result (p. 44). Adolescent suicide has become a national concern within the past five years because of the steady rise in both suicide attempts and completions. Currently, suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds. Early reports indicate that suicide may now be ranked second, only behind accidents, for the cause of adolescent death {Greuling & DeBlassie, 1980). In addition, the Statistical Abstract of the United States {1985) reports the 1981 suicide rates for 15-24 year olds as follows: 1. white males 2. black males 3. white females 4. black females 21.1 per 100,000 11.1 per 100,000 4.9 per 100,000 : 2.4 per 100,000 Each subpopulation, except for black females, reports an increase in suicides, with the white male population posting a 7.2 per 100,000 increase between 1970 and 1981. The incidence of adolescent suicide is a local concern also. There have been seven cases of adolescent suicide from January {1984) to November {1984) in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area {Waterloo Courier {November 27, 1984, p. 1).

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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William Kline


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