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January 1969

Suicidal Behavior as a Child Psychiatric EmergencyClinical Characteristics and Follow-up Results

Author Affiliations

From the Child Psychiatry Division, Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals, Cleveland. Dr. Hawkins is currently at the Presbyterian Hospital of the Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(1):100-109. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740130102010

THIS PAPER reports the results of a retrospective and follow-up study of 75 children and adolescents with suicidal behavior at the child psychiatry clinic at University Hospitals, Cleveland. They were part of a total group of 170 child psychiatric emergencies seen over a two-year period at our clinic. In an earlier paper1 clinical and follow-up data on these emergencies were presented and compared with those of a randomly selected group of regular clinic intakes of children not considered emergencies.

Similarly to other authors2,3 we were impressed by the prominence of suicidal behavior as a major cause of emergency referrals to a child psychiatry clinic. Some of the demographic and clinical differences between our group of emergencies and that of regular clinic intakes lost their significance when the subgroup of 75 suicidal children was removed from the emergency group and the

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