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Suicide and attempted suicide in children and adolescents

David Shaffer, Cynthia R. Pfeffer and Jennifer Gutstein

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0221
Suicide and attempted suicide in children and adolescents

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Suicidal behaviour is a matter of great concern for clinicians who deal with the mental health problems of children and adolescents. The incidence of suicide attempts reaches a peak during the midadolescent years, and mortality from suicide, which increases steadily through the teens, is, in many countries, one of the leading causes of death at that age. This chapter starts with a historical review, and covers clinical features, assessment, classification of associated diagnoses, epidemiology, aetiology, course and prognosis, emergency treatment, and possibilities for prevention.

Chapter.  6806 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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