Year: 1988 Source: Transcultural Psychiatic Research Review, v.25, no.2, (1988), p.87-105 SIEC No: 20011493

In this overview, the author tries to clarify why young people in increasing numbers are adopting self-destructive behaviour instead of more constructive approaches to solving their problems. Several societies with contrasting juvenile suicide rates are reviewed in an attempt to discern factors which might contribute to differences in problem-solving abilities. Social factors facilitating or inhibiting self-destructive behaviour are compared. This comparative analysis may enable envisioning preventive measures that are culture-congenial to a particular society. (60 refs.)