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January 4, 1985

Suicide in the Young

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center


edited by Howard S. Sudak, Amasa B. Ford, and Norman B. Rushforth, 445 pp, with illus, $35, Littleton, Mass, John Wright-PSG, 1984.

JAMA. 1985;253(1):85-86. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350250093036

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In the United States, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, 15 to 24 years. This new volume provides ample data about the epidemiology of suicide, the complexities of our fully understanding the psychosocial etiology of suicide, and the challenge of treating suicidal young people and their families.

This volume has many strengths. The introduction and three summary chapters by the editors (chapters 10, 18, and 25) are outstanding and clearly written. Readers might start with these four sections before proceeding through the remainder of the book. The abstracts for each chapter are concise and well written. The scope of the volume, including epidemiology and etiology, diagnosis, and prevention and intervention, is broad. The layout of the book is excellent: the graphics are outstanding and the text readable. There are some outstanding chapters, namely, "Cohort Studies of Suicide," "Toward the Prediction of Violent Deaths Among the