In the past 50 years the teenage suicide rate has increased dramatically, while suicide rates for almost all other age groups have dropped. Despite some recent declines, teenage suicide rates are still alarmingly high. A lack of connectedness in the home and community along with economic decline are social factors that contribute to the rate of teenage suicide. Male teens commit suicide more frequently than female teens, but female teens attempt suicide more often than male teens, partially due to the socialization of gender roles. Sociologist Emile Durkheim’s theory on suicide will be applied for better understanding on how these social factors lead teens to taking their own lives.
Elizabeth Ditlevson, ’05 St. Cloud, MN
Sponsor: Christopher Carlson