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Risk assessment and initial management of suicidal adolescents

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posted on 2024-06-18, 13:50 authored by Michael GordonMichael Gordon, Glenn MelvinGlenn Melvin
BACKGROUND: Adolescents at risk of suicide present a particularly difficult management challenge for all clinicians involved in their care. Adolescents have more suicidal thoughts and behaviours than adults. Management of adolescents at risk of suicide has specific challenges, which are different from those for suicidal adults. OBJECTIVE: To provide a review of the relevant clinical factors in the assessment of a suicidal adolescent. To provide the general practitioner with practical advice for the assessment of a suicidal adolescent, based on the international literature. DISCUSSION: This article summarises the demographic, clinical, family and environmental and psychological factors associated with adolescent suicide risk. Steps towards the management of suicidal adolescents are presented and include risk assessment and safety planning.

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Journal

Australian family physician

Volume

43

Pagination

367-372

Location

East Melbourne, Vic.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0300-8495

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, RACGP

Issue

6

Publisher

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

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