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Chapter 2 "Suicidal Behaviour in Children and Adolescents. Part 1: Etiology and Risk Factors" (Steele & Doey, 2007) is Part 1 of a 2-part review of suicidal behaviour in children and adolescents.

This study is a systematic review of the literature from 1996 through 2007. The purpose of Part 1 is to explore "the phenomenology and epidemiology of suicide in children and adolescents." (Steele & Doey, 2007, p. 21).

Specifically, the authors summarize known developmental differences in sociality between children or youth and adults and they also review the epidemiology or causes of suicide. Finally, the authors review the literature on risk and protective factors, and summarize the impact of demographic, social, and psychological risk factors.

The literature that differentiates adults from child and youth, for example, suggest that although suicide is a serious health problem for both adults and children or youth; but developmental factors modify the clinical presentation of suicidal behavior. Few children actually commit suicide because of the deficit it in cognitive functioning necessary to plan and execute the plan, whereas adults and adolescents are more like to attempt and be successful at suicide. Interventions also differ with "roles of caregivers and schools are more salient in the ...

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