Suicide, Childhood

  • Morton M. Silverman


Suicide is a self-inflicted injury with the intent to die. For many, it is hard to believe that children have a well-formed concept of death and, furthermore, a true intention to die. It is also difficult to imagine that children have the wherewithal to plan for their own deaths by intentionally engaging in self-destructive behaviors. Nevertheless, children aged 5–12 years do die by suicide, necessitating a real need to develop preventive interventions targeted to this age group.


Suicidal Behavior Suicide Rate Suicide Prevention Family Instability Suicide Prevention Program 
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