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Suicide is the third leading cause of death among the adolescent population worldwide. The period of adolescence is a critical time of change and growth, and is especially important in the development of self-esteem. Self-Esteem is defined as the individual's subjective evaluation of her or his worth as a person. Positive view of the self is generally associated with successful work, relationships, and health. Some factors that may lead to a negative view of the self are stressful life events and changes and relationships. Self-esteem becomes more stable and more difficult to change in adulthood; therefore, it is critical to focus on it in adolescence to prevent negative outcomes later in life. Previous research has shown that low self-esteem is a risk factor in suicidality. In addition, it can lead to other common risk factors such as hopelessness and depression. The Self-Esteem Worksheet was developed to assess self-esteem in an idiographic manner. This scale allows for the participant to express factors related to their personal self-esteem while still allowing analysis in a quantitative manner. The current study aims to answer the questions 1) Do family environment, relationships, school performance, and physical appearance serve as significant indicators of self-esteem? 2) What are the gender differences regarding indicators of self-esteem? 3) What is the impact of substance use on suicidality and self-esteem? This study will analyze a group of adolescent psychiatric patients and their responses to the Self-Esteem worksheet along with other methods regarding self-esteem, depression, and suicidality.

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Fall 12-1-2012


suicide, self-esteem, adolescents



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Self-Esteem and Suicide in Adolescents

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