Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Nick J. Topetzes

Second Advisor

Thomas Martin


Adolescent suicide has increased so dramatically since the 1950's that it now takes on epidemic proportions. In the United States in 1950, the adolescent suicide rate was 4.5 per 100,000; 5.2 per 100,000 in 1960; 8.8 per 100,000 in 1970 and 12.3 per 100,000 in 1980. In 1983, an estimated 6,000 American adolescents committed suicide Suicide recently passed homocide (sic) as the No. 2 leading killer of adolescents in America. Others suspect it already is the No. 1 cause of death among adolescents because they know that some traffic fatalities are disguised suicides. Another dramatic statistic, cited by Jacobziner (1965) and corroborated by Miller ( 975) lies in the ratio between attempted to completed suicides : 50 - 120 attempts to 1 completed suicide . These figures indicate that 1 out of every 1,000 adolescents attempts suicide. All this data indicates the existence of a significant problem.