Pediatric Residents’ Experiences With Suicidal Patients: Implications for Training

This descriptive study uses interview data from a unique cohort of 19 graduating pediatric residents from 2 programs to document qualitative & quantitative aspects of their clinical experience with suicidal children & adolescents. The implications of these findings for those involved in resident training are discussed in light of pertinent literature. (15 refs.)

Suicide Attempts and Self-Mutilative Behavior in a Juvenile Correctional Facility

The objective of this study was to determine the lifetime history of suicide attempts in incarcerated youths & psychological factors related to suicidal & self-mutilative behaviors during incarceration. In a sample of 289 adolescents admitted to a juvenile correctional facility, 12.4% reported a prior suicide attempt. Almost 60% of these were made using violent methods. […]

Adolescents’ and Their Friends’ Health-Risk Behavior: Factors That Alter or add to Peer Influence

The authors examined models of risk for adolescent health-risk behavior, including family dysfunction, social acceptance, & depression as factors that may compound or mitigate the associations between adolescents’ & peers’ risk behaviors. Adolescents’ substance use, violence & suicidal behavior were related to their friends’ substance use, deviance, & suicidal behaviors, respecitvely. Results supported both additive […]

The Crisis Moment: a School’s Response to the Event of Suicide

The implementation of a school postvention policy is described. The realities of implementing such a program, including verification of the death, mobilization of a crises team, notification of staff & students, & identification of those at high-risk are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the formation & maintenance of natural groups to facilitate student involvement during […]

Diagnostic Characteristics and Dispositions in Suicidal Hospitalized Medical and Surgical Patients

The outcomes of psychiatric consultation patients with suicidal ideation is infrequently discussed. 4 years of consultations were reviewed & 2 groups of suicidal subjects were identified: those admitted following suicide attempts & those with medical illnesses. These groups & nonsuicidal subjects were analyzed for lengths of stay, diagnoses & outcomes. Suicidal subjects were younger, had […]

Use of Constant Observation With Potentially Suicidal Patients in General Hospital

Utilized a 28-item questionnaire to assess the use, cost, and policies governing constant observation of potentially suicidal patients in 48 New England general hospitals, including urban, rural, university, and community hospitals.