Development of an Educational Program to Increase School Personnel’s Awareness about Adolescent Depression and Suicidality

Published:2000, Education
Authors:Kirchner JE, Yoder MC, Kramer TL, Lindsey MS, Thrush CR
Type:Project Generated
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Currently, psychiatric and behavioral problems are the number one health problem among young people ages 10-18 (Blum, 1987; Bushong, Coverdale, & Battaglia, 1992). Psychiatric and behavioral disorders, including depression, can have devastating effects at this age and often lead to school failure, violence and suicide (Birmaher & Brent, 1998; Lewinsohn, Rohde, Klein, & Seeley, 1999). Moreover, research indicates that depressed youths are being seriously under-diagnosed and under-treated, causing a great burden to both individuals and society (Blum, Beuhring, Wunderlich, & Resnick, 1996; Hirschfeld, et al., 1997; Horwath, Johnson, Klerman, & Weissman, 1994).