A Preliminary Survey of Health Education in Indiana Home Schools

This preliminary study examined health education content areas taught by home school educators in Indiana. An instrument was developed, piloted, & administered to a random sample of 600 home school educators. Results indicate most taught a variety of health education topics with first aid, physical activity & fitness, & nutrition & diet being taught most […]

Suicide in Indiana 2001-2005. A Report on Suicide Completions and Attempts

This report is the third published by the Injury Prevention Program of the Indiana State Department of Health. It includes information on suicide attempts, suicide survivors, youth suicide, risk factors, protective factors, some county level data, & the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition. It also provides a resource directory of Indiana & national suicide prevention organization […]

Characteristics of Suicide From 1998-2001 in a Metropolitan Area

Coroner data was analyzed for the 468 suicides that occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana during 1998-2001. The age-adjusted suicide rate was 14.08 per 100,000. Almost one-half of the victims had a mental illness & 26% had a history of alcohol/substance abuse. The leading risk factors for suicide were age, impaired health, psychosocial stressors, & access to […]

Indiana State Suicide Prevention Coalition: Suicide Prevention State Plan

Suicide in Indiana, 1999-2001

The objective of this report is to provide an overview of suicide in the United States & in Indiana. To counteract the problem of unreported suicides, the authors seek to improve the quality of data collection at local, state, & national levels. Statistics are presented covering mortality data from years 1999 through 2001. A brief […]

Suicide Prevention State Plan (Draft)

This document presents a draft copy of the statewide suicide prevention plan for Indiana. The plan is comprised of 3 main sections which mirror the National Strategy promoted by the US Surgeon General: Awareness, Intervention, & Methodology. Each section has accompanying broad goals with more specific objectives, & action ideas. It is meant to be […]

Adolescent Suicide: Crisis Intervention and Prevention

This article discusses the preventive steps a school community in Indiana took to stop suicide contagion following a series of adolescent suicides in their community. A review of research literature is also made concerning preventive measures that can be taken to prevent future suicide crisis situations among adolescents. (11 refs)

Suicide in Indianapolis, 1976-1980

Demographic data on 487 cases of completed suicide have been analyzed to detect changing trends in this area. Several statistics are very significant. Unexpectedly low suicide rates have been found for the unemployed. Gunshot wound to the head as a method of violent suicide has increased, especially among females. Statistical findings have documented that a […]

Firearm Suicides During Confrontations With Police

Records of suicides in some Indiana counties from 1984-92 were reviewed. There were 14 cases in which armed, on-duty police officers were confronting, pursuing or apprehending the subject of the death investigation. All subjects were male & the peak age range was 30-34 years. More than half the incidents started as domestic disputes. Ethanol was […]

Integrating Suicidology Into Abnormal Psychology Classes: the Revised Facts on Suicide Quiz

Although most abnormal psychology textbooks & instructors give extensive coverage to topics such as depression, they cover suicide less consistently. This article describes a class activity using the Revised Facts on Suicide Quiz that focuses on myths & misinformation students may have about suicide. The activity can take 55-75 minutes or can be modified for […]

Assisted Suicide is “bad for Medicine”

This article deals with the debate about legalizing physician asssisted suicide through an interview with Dr. Gregory Gramelspacher. Dr. Gramelspacher offers his frank views on PAS, on Dr. Kevorkian, and on the challenges of caring for terminally ill patients. He also discusses the role of money in medicine, and responds to some of the most […]

Asphyxial Deaths due to Hanging in Children

A review of the records for 5 years from the Coroner’s Offices of Marion County, Indiana & Franklin County, Ohio yielded 12 cases of hanging deaths in children 13 years of age or younger. There were 3 unequivocal suicides (all males), 5 accidental deaths & 4 cases where the manner of death remained undetermined. The […]

Premature Sexual Activity as an Indicator of Psychosocial Risk

This study tests the link between premature sexual activity & other risk behaviors. 1504 junior high school students, aged 12 to 16, were tested. 63% of the boys & 36% of the girls were nonvirginal. Nonvirginal boys & girls were significantly more likely than virginals to engage in activities considered risky, like using drugs & […]

Behavioral Risk, Emotional Risk, and Child Abuse Among Adolescents in a Nonclinical Setting

This study on physical & sexual abuse among adolescents surveyed 3,998 students, from grades 7 to 12, in a rural community in Indiana. Almost 20% reported some form of physical &/or sexual abuse, with more girls than boys reporting sexual abuse. Problem behaviors, like alcohol use, & emotional problems, trouble with sleeping, difficulty with anger, […]

Youth Suicide: a School Approach for the Prevention of Youth Suicide in Indiana

This manual presents a school approach for the prevention of youth suicide in the State of Indiana. The introduction discusses the problem & develops a hypothesis of why it exists. Contributing factors are described & guidelines identifying students at risk are given. Information about intervention & prevention is included & suggestions for postvention in schools […]

Family Services & Prevention Programs: Proposal for Prevention Programs

Some Statistics on Suicide

The author examines the rate of suicide among residents of Elkhart County, Indiana, comparing statistics for the periods 1902-1911, 1941-1950, and 1950-1960. (NBB)

Lafayette Crisis Center Volunteer Training Program

The Layfayette Training Program for volunteers is described in detail, including an outline of sessions and topics. The setting, objectives, training components, and evaluation process is offered. The article offers detail and rationale useful to beginning programs. A training manual and instruction book are offered as resources. (LS)

An Indicator of the Rorschach: A Replication

In an attempt to replicate previous findings in which response to D6 on Card 7 of the Rorschach was found to differentiate suicidal from nonsuicidal schizophrenic patients,Rorschach records of 14 suicidal and 14 nonsuicidal schizophrenic patients were searched for specific response to D6 on Card 7. Analyses by means of X2 showed no significant differences […]