Year: 1992 Source: Canberra, ACT: Australian Institute of Criminology, 1992. p.1-16 SIEC No: 20010384

An analysis of suicide trends shows that among 15-19-year-old Australian males the suicide rate has increased from 7.3/100,000 population in 1968 to 17/100,000 in 1988. The rate has also increased among 20-24-year-olds & adolescent females in the same period. In this paper, important sociological factors affecting recent trends in youth suicide in Australia were highlighted including: unemployment, community concerns, family organization, & educational attainment. Other factors in suicidal behaviours such as violence & mental health are also discussed. The extension of citizenship rights, e.g. civil, economic, welfare & legal rights, to young people & the repercussions of this upon youth suicide is examined. (27 refs.)