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(p. 313) Developing an Ecological Approach to Address Challenges of Youth Bullying and Suicide: Recommendations for Research, Practice, Policy, and Training 

(p. 313) Developing an Ecological Approach to Address Challenges of Youth Bullying and Suicide: Recommendations for Research, Practice, Policy, and Training
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(p. 313) Developing an Ecological Approach to Address Challenges of Youth Bullying and Suicide: Recommendations for Research, Practice, Policy, and Training
Author(s):

Dorothy L. Espelage

, Peter Goldblum

, Joyce Chu

, Bruce Bongar

, Samantha Pflum

, and Lisa De La Rue

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199950706.003.0025
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date: 20 November 2019

Involvement in bullying in any capacity is associated with higher rates of suicidal ideation and behaviors, and this is especially true for special populations of transgender, sexual minority, disabled, or ethnic minority individuals. The specific mechanisms of this increased suicide risk are varied and arise from the interaction of multiple systems (e.g., social, cultural, ecological, psychiatric, minority stress model, etc.). Since antecedents of bullying and suicide are situated within multiple systems, prevention efforts should target these systems in order to reduce youth bullying and suicide. This can be accomplished with utilizing research findings from multiple areas, including educational and prevention science, public health approaches to community mental health, and cross-cultural psychology. In this chapter, the authors summarize the research and also summarize recommendations for parents and teachers, mental health and medical providers, researchers, and the media, including journalists, editors and consumers.

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