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November 1968

Adolescent Suicide AttemptsA Follow-Up Study of Hospitalized Patients

Author Affiliations

From the Adolescent Inpatient Service, Colorado Psychiatric Hospital, Denver (Dr. Barter and Miss Todd) and the Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver (Dr. Swaback).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1968;19(5):523-527. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1968.01740110011002

THIS PAPER, a follow-up study of adolescent patients hospitalized for suicidal attempts, compares those who made posthospitalization suicidal attempts with those who did not with regard to five variables: living situation, parental loss, social life, social agency contact, and school adjustment. It attempts to answer the following questions: (1) Did suicidal behavior continue after hospitalization? (2) What factors are associated with those who do continue to show suicidal behavior?

Representative studies of adolescent suicidal behavior include: (a) general reviews, Balser and Masterson,1 Bakwin,2,3 Gould,4 Jacobziner5; (b) methods used, Jacobziner6; (c) etiological factors, such as school problems, Otto7; (d) or family disorganization, Tuckman and Connon,8 Teicher and Jacobs9,10; (e) psychodynamics, Schrut,11 Glaser12; and (f) presuicidal behavior, Schneer et al,13 and Otto.14

The research by Teicher and Jacobs represents one

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