Date of Award

5-1-1994

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Gale Horton

Abstract

The overall objective of this study was to determine the social, psychological and emotional correlates of suicidal ideation in African American male adolescents. The author examined the following factors: First, the psychological correlates to suicidal ideation that were identified in the literature which included prior mental health treatment and family issues. Second, the social correlates to suicidal ideation that were identified in the literature which included deviance and the influence of the media on suicidal ideation.

The data was collected from case records of adolescent clients that reported suicidal ideation to the emergency room of a major metropolitan hospital. Fifty case records were reviewed, the data was tabulated and analyzed by use of a computer. Three hypothesis were tested concerning suicidal ideation in relation to social factors, psychological factors and emotional factors. The findings demonstrated seven common correlates of suicidal ideation in Black male adolescents. First, depression. Second, a poor self-image. Third, a belief that life isn't worth living. Fourth, antisocial behavior. Fifth, verbal threats to commit suicide. Sixth, a sense of alienation and isolation from group life. Seventh, continual anger or rage.

The results of this study indicated that social workers must be aware of the seven common correlates of suicidal ideation in Black male adolescents in order to properly intervene in preventing a potential suicide from occurring.

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