Suicide and suicide attempts among adolescents are significant public health problems. Consequently, identifying at-risk youth in time to provide intervention not only helps to prevent suicides and suicide-related injuries but improves young persons' overall quality of life and increases the chances for healthy and productive lives. The challenge is determining how to recognize which adolescents are most vulnerable.Believing that adolescent suicide can be prevented, Peter Gutierrez and Augustine Osman have developed a set of tools for assessing suicide risk, designed especially for adolescents. In contrast to the most common assessments that focus solely on risk factors, these tools measure both risk and protective factors in order to predict more accurately the probability of suicide and suicide-related behaviors. Gutierrez and Osman's guide is designed to enable nonspecialists as well as professional clinicians, researchers, school psychologists, and other school-based professionals to select appropriate assessment tools and to evaluate the results.Recognized experts in suicidology, both Gutierrez and Osman have published numerous specialized articles.
This book synthesizes their work in a manner accessible to all practitioners responsible for identifying and working with at-risk adolescents. Included is an appendix of five assessment tools that are designed for repeated use.
PETER M. GUTIERREZ, a former professor of psychology, is a Psychologist and Research Consultant with the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System, Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center. AUGUSTINE OSMAN is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Northern Iowa.
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