Year: 1987 Source: Public Health Reports, v.102, no.6, (November-December 1987), p.611-613 SIEC No: 19880496

The most common prevention strategies for youths are school-based. Their goals are: casefinding, informing people about therapeutic resources, developing skills in handling confidences, educating about coping strategies. These programs are unevaluated; in general, the explanations of suicide overemphasize stress as a “cause” & play down personality & behavior difficulties & special risk features. Characteristics of suicidal youths & imitation as a facilitator of suicidal behavior are discussed.