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July 2021

Youth suicidal behavior: Assessment and intervention

Author(s): Glinski, J.

Journal/Book: J Clin Psychol. 2000; 56: 605 Third Ave, New York, NY 10158-0012, USA. John Wiley & Sons Inc. 1131-1152.

Abstract: In this article, the authors review the research on risk assessment of suicidal I adolescents a nd describe the small body of randomized-clinical treatment trials for this population. Research has yielded a fairly consistent set of direct and indirect risk factors for suicidal behavior in adolescents. The authors describe a variety of measures commonly used to assess these risk factors. Treatment studies targeting suicide are sparse for all ages. In the adult literature, evidence suggests clozapine, depot flupenthixol, lithium, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are significantly more effective in decreasing suicidal behavior than placebo or Treatment as Usual. For adolescents, it is difficult to draw conclusions about treatment efficacy. In general. Control conditions are just as effective at reducing suicidal behavior as experimental conditions. While some novel interventions for suicidal adolescents are described, there is a desperate need for more research to be conducted in order to advance this burgeoning field.

Note: Review Miller AL, Montefiore Med Ctr, Dept Psychiat & Behav Sci, 111 E 210th St, Bronx,NY 10467 USA

Keyword(s): adolescence; youth; suicide; suicidal behavior; assessment; intervention; psychotherapy; BORDERLINE PERSONALITY-DISORDER; ADOLESCENT SUICIDE; RISK-FACTORS; DEPRESSED ADOLESCENTS; COMPLETED SUICIDE; HOSPITALIZED ADOLESCENTS; INTERPERSONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY; PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDERS; CLINICAL INTERVIEW; SEXUAL ORIENTATION


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