- Title Pages
- The Kybalion
- Part I The System
- 1 System: Nature, Role, Structure, and Communication
- 2 Dialectics
- 3 How the System Protects and Preserves Itself
- 4 System Development and Life Cycle
- 5 How the System Changes
- 6 Joining and Establishing Therapeutic Alliance
- 7 The Envelope: Joining
- 8 Disclosure
- 9 Resistance: Impeding and Facilitating Therapy
- 10 Functional Dialectic System View of Symptom and Psychopathology
- 11 Infidelity
- 12 Adolescent Suicide
- 13 Enrichment and Facilitation of Therapy
- 14 Ending Therapy and Follow-up
- Closing Comment
- Appendix: The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Code of Ethics
- Author Index
- Subject Index
- (p.197) 12 Adolescent Suicide
- The Functional Dialectic System Approach to Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Families
- University of Minnesota Press
This chapter presents the therapeutic process for adolescents’ suicide attempts. Statistics show that suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents. Adolescent girls attempt suicide more frequently than boys, but boys have a higher rate of completed suicide. The chapter explains why functional dialectic system considers suicide as a means to protect and preserve the system or to break away from it. It describes that suicide can be an indication of the strength and bravery of the adolescent and of his care for his family. It also discusses the structure and process of therapy for suicide.
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