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 […]

Crisis Stabilization Services for Children and Adolescents: a Brokerage Model to Reduce Admissions to State Psychiatric Facilities

This paper describes the success of a crisis stabilization program for children & adolescents in a community mental health centre which historically over-utilized the State psychiatric facility for youth. The Crisis Stabilization Program consists of 3 components: 1) a two-person crisis team; 2) a 4-person on-call team for after hours crises; & 3) funds which […]

More Expertise Needed in Death Investigations

This article reports on a presentation to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences about the lack of training for coroners & the subsequent problems with death investigations. Another presentation reported on a study done in a south Georgia county where a pattern of accidental suicides emerged – but only for whites. A likely reason for […]

A Decade of Train-Pedestrian Fatalities: the Charleston Experience

This article reports on a retrospective analysis of 25 consecutive train-pedestrian fatalities in South Carolina. The distinction between accident & suicide can only be made after careful evaluation of the history, scene investigations, & autopsy/toxicological findings. Victims were predominantly healthy young males. In 88% of cases, cause of death was massive blunt trauma. Ethanol intoxication […]

A Mobile Crisis Program: Collaboration Between Emergency Psychiatric Services and Police

An emergency psychiatry-mobile crisis program was established in 1987 in Charleston, South Carolina. The program has 2 goals: to provide emergency psychiatric services to persons in the community & to train psychiatric residents in crisis intervention. The authors describe the development of the collaboration with police & important features of the program. 3 cases, including […]

Student Recogition of and Response to Suicidal Peers

A survey of 1,131 university freshmen revealed that they were able to recognize suicidal behavior in their peers, but were unsure of a helpful response to make to them. A model of self-efficacy, emotional comfort, knowledge of a helpful response & knowledge of suicidal behavior predicted a student’s intention to ask a suicidal peer directly, […]

Graduate Research, Training, Treatment, and Consultation in Suicidology

This brochure describes the work of the Center for the Study of Suicide & Life Threatening Behavior, which is funded by USC. The primary purpose of the Center is to conduct basic research, but teaching, consultation, patient care, & information are also provided. (NBB)

Firearm-related fatalities: An Epidemiologic Assessment of Violent Death

This study examines 1970-1978 South Carolina firearm fatalities utilizing vital record data. A total of 5808 firearm deaths, classified as accident, homicide, suicide, or undetermined, were reported (23.35/100 000). Suicide deaths totalled 2175 (8.75/100 000) & homicides 2894 (11.64/100 000). Most firearm deaths were among white males, aged 20-39.

Minimum Standards for Local Detention Facilites in South Carolina

This 1984 publication details minimum standards for type II &/or type IV facility city, county or combined jails/prisons in South Carolina. Some areas covered are training for corrections workers, reporting of attempted suicides, care of mentally disordered persons, medical procedures & screening procedures. (NBB)

The Use of Paradoxical Interventions Within a Prison Psychiatric Facility

Describes inmate personality characteristics & paradoxical techniques used in 4 interventions in a prison psychiatric facility. The cases of male inmates involved malingering, possible suicide, parental problem behaviors, & manipulation of the system. It is suggested that in selected cases, paradoxical strategies tap the client’s strengths, help avoid adversarial relationships & power struggles, & produce […]

Suicide in South Carolina, 1955-1966

South Carolina’s Suicide Mortality in the 1970s

Effects of Psychotherapeutic Strategies in the Treatment of Suicide Attempters (Micro RC 569 P36 1980)

Study to assess the effectiveness of various treatments of suicide attempters using fifteen psychiatric patients randomly assigned to the cognitive restructuring group, the problem solving group and the non-directive control group. Assessment instruments used were Self-Monitoring of Suicidal Ideation, the Scale for Suicide Ideation, Hopelessness Scale, Means-Ends Problem Solving and Alternate Uses Test. (KB)

Breadth of Perspective and Suicide Threats

This article reports on the relationship between the variable, breadth of perspective, and 25 subjects who had recently made suicidal threats. Breadth of perspective was measured by the F-Scale. A statistically significant relationship with suicidal tendencies was noted.