Suicidal Behavior Among Youth With Severe Emotional Disturbance

This study replicated an investigation of risk behaviours associated with suicidal behaviour in public high schools students in a population of high school age youth with severe emotional disturbance. 83 clients of the South Carolina Continuum of Care made up the sample. 4% of the youth reported seriously considering suicide, 8% reported planning how they[…]

The South Carolina Suicide Prevention Plan


Elderly Suicide: a 10-Year Retrospective Study

All cases referred to the Medical Examiner’s Office at the Medical University of South Carolina from 1988-1997 were reviewed. There were 78 cases of suicide in victims 65 years & older. The ages of these victims ranged from 65 to 94 years. Men comprised 85% of cases, & whites, 94%. The male-to-female & white-to-black ratios[…]

An Exploration of Human Services System Contacts Prior to Suicide in South Carolina: an Expansion of the South Carolina Violent Death Reporting System

Year 2004 suicide data from the South Carolina Violent Death Reporting System were linked to South Carolina Uniform Billing codes from hospital inpatient & emergency room billing records, State Dpartment of Mental Healthh service records, & criminal justice databases. Results shows the positive benefits of partnerships created through the South Carolina Violent Death Reporting System,[…]

Life Satisfaction and Suicide Among High School Adolescents


Using Path Analysis to Examine Adolescent Suicide Attempts, Life Satisfaction, and Health Risk Behavior

Lethal vs Nonlethal Suicide Attempts in Jail


Gender Differences in Dependence Symptoms and Psychiatric Severity in Adolescents With Substance use Disorders

One hundred adolescent patients (42% female) seeking treatment for a substance use disorder were compared by gender on several substance use & psychiatric variables. Assessment was done using the Comprehensive Addiction Severity Index & other standardized assessment instruments. Among other findings, results showed that suicidality was more common in females, but groups did not differ[…]

Covariations of Adolescent Weight-Control, Health-Risk and Health-Promoting Behaviors

The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of dieting & investigate clusters of risk behaviors among adolescents. From a survey sample, 19.2% were classified as extreme, 43.2% as moderate dieters, & 37.2% as nondieters. Extreme dieters were more likely use alcohol, cigarettes &/or marijuana, & to attempt suicide, & were less likely[…]

Ethical Issues in the Social Worker’s Role in Physician-Assisted Suicide

This article presents the results of an exploratory study of social workers’ views on physician-assisted suicide (PAS), situations in which PAS would be favored, and whether there is a difference in education or training on mental health issues, ethics, or suicide between social workers who favor PAS and those who oppose PAS. A questionnaire was[…]