Year: 1997 Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, v.31, no.2, (1997), p.227-231 SIEC No: 19980257

Matched groups of hospitalized parasuicidal South African adolescents, non-psychiatric medically hospitalized adolescents & a control group were compared on measures of family disturbance, hopelessness & psychopathology. Significantly high levels of all 3 of these measures were found in the parasuicidal group. Results suggest that prevention & treatment of adolescent parasuicide should focus on both individual & family dynamics. (43 refs.)