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Running head: THE EPIDEMIC OF TEENAGE SUICIDE 1 The Epidemic of Teenage Suicide Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation
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THE EPIDEMIC OF TEENAGE SUICIDE 2 The Epidemic of Teenage Suicide Introduction Teenage suicide refers to the infliction of self-harm leading to death among individuals aged 15-19 years old. In the United States alone, the rate of adolescent suicide has been below 7 for every 100,000 teenagers for the last two decades (Williams, 2017). However, this number has increased by a small margin in the years 2015 and 2016 (Williams, 2017). This could be an indicator that parents are paying less to warning signs. These warning signs include withdrawal from family and friends as well as unexpected rebellious behavior. Paying attention to these signs could reduce the risk of potential teenage suicide. Parents can help prevent teenage suicides by giving their children a sense of self-worth and keeping away tools that they can use to commit suicide. Teenagers' continuous committing of suicide all over the world only shows that it is a global epidemic. Literature Review It has been established that teenage suicide is more prevalent among boys than girls (Cheng, Li, Silenzio & Caine, 2014). However, it is essential to take precautions by watching out for the warning signs of teenage suicide. These are most likely behaviors that indicate that the teenager has a difficult time dealing with certain situations that they cannot speak about to their parents or guardians. The most common signs occur when the teen withdraws from his family and friends (Courtney-Seidler, Burns, Zilber & Miller, 2014). This is a means of concealing their emotions and psychological issues from getting noticed. When a female student with strict parents becomes pregnant, they are likely to stay away from family and friends to avoid questions or suspicions. When they are psychologically tortured, they are likely to explore the
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THE EPIDEMIC OF TEENAGE SUICIDE 3 possibility of suicide. The friends and family can prevent such an incident if they become friendly and enquire about the situation calmly.
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