Year: 1994 Source: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, v.22, no.2, (April 1994), p.221-235 SIEC No: 19940580

This study examined psychopathology, family functioning, & cognitive style in 121 African-American adolescents who attempted suicide. Youth self-reports of depressive symptoms were associated with internalizing & externalizing disorders & with a maladaptive attributional style. 67% of participants classified their family types as maladaptive. Findings are discussed from a culturally & developmentally sensitive framework. Clinical implications are offered for individual & family interventions.