Year: 1993 Source: American Psychologist, v.48, no.2, (February 1993), p.183-184 SIEC No: 19930627

This article reviews the results of a national survey by the Gallup Organization of adolescents’ knowledge of, & attitudes toward, youth suicide. More than 60% of the teens surveyed reported knowing another teen who had attempted suicide & 6% reported having made an attempt themselves. The survey also provides information about adolescents’ explanations for self-destructive behaviours. Given this information, recommendations for effective preventive interventions & policy decisions are offered.