Afterasuicideattemptmostvictimsneed medicalcare

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Unformatted text preview: sychology, 5e – Chapter 8 Adolescents About half of teen suicides have been linked to depression, low self­esteem, and feelings of hopelessness Anger, impulsiveness, poor problem­solving skills, and stress also play a role Some theorists believe that the period of adolescence itself produces a stressful climate in which suicidal actions are more likely 32 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 5e – Chapter 8 Adolescents Far more teens attempt suicide than succeed Ratio may be as high as 200:1 Several explanations, most pointing to societal factors, have been proposed for the high rate of attempts among teenagers Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 5e – Chapter 8 33 The Elderly In Western society the elderly are more likely to commit suicide than people in any other age group There are many contributory factors: Illness Loss of social support Loss of control over one’s life Loss of social status 34 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 5e – Chapter 8 The Elderly Elderly persons are typically more determined than younger persons in their decision to die, so their success rate is much higher Ratio of attempts to successes is 4:1 The suicide rate among the elderly is lower in some minority groups in the U.S.: Native Americans African Americans 35 Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 5e – Chapter 8 Treatment and Suicide Treatment of suicidal persons falls into two categories: Treatment after suicide has been attempted Suicide prevention Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 5e – Chapter 8 36 What Treatments Are Used After Suicide Attempts? After a suicide attempt, most victims need medical care Psychotherapy or drug therapy may begin once a person is medically stable Many suicidal people fail to receive systematic follow­up care after a suicide attempt Comer, Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology, 5e – Chapter 8 37 What Treatments Are Used After S...
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