This title was first published in 2002: Why are rates of suicidal behaviour in Chinese adolescents so high? What factors in school, community, family and interpersonal relationships cause this tragedy? Using key new research from leading researchers and social workers with first hand knowledge of these problems in Hong Kong, this enthralling study examines those most at risk and signposts the most effective interventions in therapy and strategic prevention programmes. The result is a highly original and readable account which will be compulsive reading for social workers and academics around the world.
Table of Contents
Contents: Suicidal behaviour in Chinese youth: search for causes and risk factors, John W.L. Tse and Christopher Bagley; Preventing suicidal behaviour in Chinese youth: the role of peer counselling, John W.L. Tse, Christopher Bagley and Mak Hoi-Wah; Self-esteem in Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong and Britain, Christopher Bagley and John W.L. Tse; Role of family and community stress in suicidal ideas and behaviour, Christopher Bagley and John W.L. Tse; The suicidal risk scale for Hong Kong students, John W.L. Tse, Christopher Bagley and Anthony Muk-Leung Yau; How Chinese adolescents cope with parental death, Catherine Tsang Yuk-Chun; Stress, social support and quality of life of bereaved spouses, Banny Bing-Yee Cheng and Joyce Lai-Chong Ma; Death education: a tool of child adolescent suicidal prevention, John W.L. Tse.
’I commend this book to educators, clinical specialists and social workers not only in Chinese cultures, but to all those who work with multicultural populations in Europe and North America.’ Professor Gajendra K. Verma, University of Manchester, UK 'This interesting and rewarding book is an unusual combination of reports on academic studies with some excellent chapters considering a range of practice issues on suicidal behaviour, death and bereavement. The book has an additional strength, in that it draws the reader into issues of cross-cultural psychology.' Young Minds Magazine 'The book clearly fills a gap in knowledge about loss-related issues for Chinese students. It has particular relevance for teachers and counsellors...It will also prove a helpful guide for couselling and faculty support staff in tertiary institutions, given the high percentage of international students currently studying in Australia.' Journal of Family Studies 'In view of the paucity of systematic studies in this area, the book is a useful contribution. The inclusion of two comparative studies on adolescent adjustment and two pioneering studies on bereavement enhances our understanding of the issues in a cross-cultural context, and a discussion on the development of a Suicidal Risk Scale represents an interesting addition to the limited literature on Hong Kong...The editors should be commended for an interesting addition to the limited literature.' The China Journal 'This book readily identifies gaps in current knowledge, areas for further research and the strengths and weaknesses of programatic responses or insights as offered...It will readily appeal to anyone working with Hong Kongese adolescents in Australia or overseas, researchers or specialists in suicide prevention generally, or individuals wanting to adapt existing psychological tests to culturally specific groups...This is an interesting and thought-provoking book about differences and similarities in suicide prevent