Year: 1985 Source: Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, v.15, no.2, (Summer 1985), p.91-109 SIEC No: 19860088

The suicide rate of young people in the United States rose 237% between 1960-1980. This paper addresses 3 related issues. First, is this change an epidemic or an artifact? Second, what is there about adolescence as a life-stage in modern society that makes it stressful, even suicide producing? Finally, what are the distinctive traits of the lifestyles or careers of a random sample of young Chicago suicides?