A Survey of gun Collection and use Among Three Groups of Veteran Patients Admitted to Veterans Affairs Hospital Treatment Programs

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Arkansas’ Child Suicide Rate Bucks Trend in ’80’s, Drops to 2.9 per 100,000

A survey found that Arkansas was one of only a dozen states where the child suicide rate dropped (from 3 to 2.9 per 100,000) during the 1980-89 period. Results indicate that suicide rates among adolescents in the US have increased 18% from 1980 to 1989, more than doubling in several states. They attributed the increase […]

Presenter’s Manual: It Doesn’t Have to end This way

A presenter’s manual designed to give schools the necessary tools to begin to address youth suicide. It discusses myths, warning signs, symptoms, & how to respond to a suicidal emergency.

Too Many Times Youth Get the Wrong Answer…Suicide

Proposed Model School Response Plan to Youth Suicide Crisis

Speaker’s Bureau Training Manual

This is a training manual on adolescent suicide. It covers myths & realities, warning signs, & what to do in an emergency.

Student Advisory Board Training Manual

Dissociative Symptoms in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Subjects With a History of Suicide Attempts

2 groups of veterans, 14 suicide attempters & 16 nonattempters, were surveyed about their histories of alcohol & other substance abuse, dissociative symptoms, domestic violence, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, combat exposure, gun collection, & gun usage. The 2 groups did not differ significantly except for scores on the Dissociative Experiences Scale. Findings did not support […]

Predictors of Self-Reported Psychopathology in Children Abused Repeatedly by a Parent

41 children who had been abused repeatedly by a parent or parent figure were given the revised Diagnostic Interview for Children & Adolescents. 10 children reported suicidal ideation; 8 of these had been sexually abused, 6 also had conduct disorder & major depression. Loss was the only significant predictor of suicidal ideation. (22 refs.)

Youth Homicide

This Letter to the Editor reports on an informal surveillance of 1,786 children & adolescents discharged from psychiatric services at an Arkansas Hospital (1988-92). Case profiles of the 5 homicides identify common features: family substance abuse, personal sexual/physical abuse, dysphoria, conduct dysfunction, & neurodevelopmental deficits (in 4 cases). All of these are associated with increased […]

Lost Too Soon: A Wave of Teen Suicides Leaves a Tiny Southern Town Shattered, Wondering why its Sons Chose Death Over Life

This article describes the suicides of 4 teenage boys in a small Arkansas town. The boys killed themselves in a span of 5 weeks. The lives of the 4 boys are described. One was a “clown” who did not care much for being popular. He later shot himself in a classroom full of people. Another […]

Structural Parameters of Sex, Race, Age, and Education and Their Influence on Attitudes Toward Suicide

A telephone survey of 400 Arkansans was conducted to explore attitudes toward suicide. Results indicated that 69% of respondents do not believe a person has the right to commit suicide & 71% believe that a normal person would not commit suicide. Attitudes & experiences with suicide & suicidal people were found to be differentially distributed […]