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Suicide is among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States (Mathiasen, 1988; Praeger & Bernhardt, 1985). Approximately 27,000 Americans commit suicide each year (Imhoff & Royster, 1985; Mathiasen, 1988). What is even more startling is the increase of suicide among young people. In the past 25 to 35 years, the adolescent suicide rate has tripled (Tishler, McHenry & Morgan, 1981; Rudd, 1989). Next to accidents, it is the leading cause of death in young people between 15 to 24 years of age and the second leading cause of death among college students. Some even say it is the leading health problem on college campuses (Nelson, Farberow & Litman, 1987;. Emotional distress in college students, 1988). In fact, up to three college students in the United States commit suicide each day (Bailey & Matthews, 1987; Knott, 1973).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Florence Guido-DiBrito


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