Year: 2021 Source: Lethbridge, AB: University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education. (2005). 104 p. SIEC No: 20210310

This study gathers the literature on suicidal children and creates guidelines designed to assist professionals with assessing the suicidally of a child. Analysis of the literature reveals that there are varying ages of children used in the research, a lack of standardization for the definition of suicide, and resistance towards a collective research approach to understanding suicidal behaviour. The literature also identifies the important risk factors, which are incorporated into guidelines for determining the suicidality of a child: family discord and violence, depression, significant loss, poor and/or dysfunctional parent/child communication and bonding, aggressive behaviour, stress, physical abuse, parental separation/divorce, hopelessness, academic difficulties, prior suicide attempts, and viewing death as a temporary state of being.