Suicidal Children: Assessment and Treatment Strategies
Banister K J
When assessing the suicide potential of children, the author says that factors relative to both the child & the family or support system in which the child lives must be considered. An assessment should gather information on the child’s & family’s: psychosocial & demographic history; the presence or absence of mental illness & suicidal behaviour, & coping abilities. Interventions for at-risk children should include individual & family therapy &, where necessary, adjunctive medications.