Year: 1991 Source: Nursing Clinics of North America, v.26, no.3, (September 1991), p.559-584 SIEC No: 19911104

The phenomenon of adolescent depression combines depressive symptoms with adolescent developmental & contextual factors. These developmental & contextual factors lead to specific adolescent manifestations of depression such as the potential for suicide. A thorough assessment always includes questioning about the possibility & lethality of suicidal ideation. The ultimate goal of care of the depressed adolescent is to prevent suicide & to minimize disruption of adolescent developmental processes.