Comparison of Mild vs. Serious Adolescent Attempters
Kowalski P~~Crawford S~~Smith K
Using the Suicide Attempt Lethality Scale, an attempt was made to distinguish mild vs. serious adolescent suicide attempters. The charts of 106 suicidal patients aged 13-19 were rated. 40 variables were divided into “family”, “individual” and “demographic” groups. The means for each variable were calculated for mild, moderate and serious attempts. The lethality of suicide attempts may not indicate an adolescent’s intention of dying. Age factor, family patterns and models appear significant.