Suicidal behavior at school: a systemic perspective

Shmuel Shulman, Malka Margalit

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This article delineates the interpersonal function of suicidal behavior in children. Children's suicidal attempts have a major impact on their immediate surroundings and can be perceived as a mode of controlling the family or school. In order to highlight this approach, a case of epidemic suicidal attempts in a special education high school is presented. A systemic mode of intervention, consisting of an adolescents' group and a teachers' group within the school system, is described. The importance of implementing systemic modes in preventing suicide is outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-269
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Adolescence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1985
Externally publishedYes


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