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Crook, Marion.

Toronto. NC Press. 1988. 128pp. paper, $9.95. ISBN 1-55021-013-0. CIP

Grades 7 and up
Reviewed by Susan Fowler

Volume 16 Number 6
1988 November

Suicide is the second greatest cause of death among teenagers today. Marion Crook, a former public health nurse and writer with many years of interviewing experience, talked to thirty teenagers across Canada who had made suicide attempts. Based on the information she gained from the interviews, she has written this book especially for teens, making it very personal by the constant use of the word "you."

Using many examples from the teens she interviewed, Crook explores the topic of teen suicide very thoroughly in eleven short chapters. She touches on such things as relationships with family and with friends, reasons for suicide attempts, coping skills, others who can help, and how to help oneself. She stresses the importance of high self-esteem and the need to find an adult who will listen when problems build up to the point where escaping through suicide seems the easiest way to deal with them.

In an epilogue, Crook stresses the importance of parents. She found that suicide was more of a family problem than a social problem. It is useful for parents and other adults who deal regularly with teens to be reminded that acceptance and empathy on their part will produce teens who can deal more ably with life.

Susan Fowler, Centennial S.S., Belville, Ont.
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