Sadness and Suicidal Tendencies in Preschool Children
Pfeffer C R~~Trad P V
Discusses factors assoc. with suicidal behavior in children approx. 3-6 yrs old. Similar suicidal risk factors found in older children, such as depression, preoccupations with death & family instability involving child abuse & other forms of parental psychopathology, are assoc. with suicidal impulses of preschool children. It is suggested that assessment of these risk factors should be included in pediatric & mental health evaluations of such young children. Clinical vignettes are presented.