The Consequences of Adolescent Suicide

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The act of suicide is an event that has been woven in to the fabric of our culture since our country’s inception. In order to conceptualize and define the problem of suicide, it is important to examine the various views of taking one’s own life. Suicide, and its tragic aftermath, has been the source of award winning movies such as Ordinary People and Leaving Las Vegas, along with the public debate, regarding assisted euthanasia, spotlighted in the case of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Reports of skyrocketing suicide numbers amongst military personnel and veterans have permeated the national news in recent years. Suicide is even linked to martyrdom with numerous Presidents having bestowed our nation’s highest military honor upon military…show more content…
Due to the self-awareness of this failure, they desire to escape this awareness and takes drastic steps to avoid it. Alcohol and drug abuse, along with gender identification issues, have been determined to be key contributors within this theory (Baumeister, 1990). This internal self-awareness is also a key component of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior. This theory says that the need to belong and to contribute to the overall welfare of others is so strong, that the loss of that internal awareness is a major cause of suicidal behavior (Van Orden, Witte, Gordon, Bender & Joiner, 2008). Lastly, the theory behind Demoralization Syndrome states that a lack of purpose or fulfillments adds to the premise that life appears to be wasted. The feeling of hopelessness, a theme often reiterated in these theories, is associated with poor physical and mental health, leading to suicidal ideations and the wish to die (Sahoo & Mohapatra, 2009).
When reviewing the literature concerning the consequences of suicide, there is little research data when compared to the theoretical research on the causes. In the context of the actual individual committing suicide, one theory relates directly to the level of maturation of the adolescent. This theory states that children do not understand the permanence of death and therefore, do not view suicide as permanent. The theory of irreversibility, amongst children, states that children view death as
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