An investigation into those factors which may predispose to or precipipate suicidal behaviour amongst Indian school children
These patients were interviewed after the suicidal attempt and social work intervention was offered. A structured schedule was developed after a pilot study was completed from the case histories of these patients. The schedule consisted of two major sections: section 1 pertaining to biograhical data; and section 2 pertaining to factors relating to suicidal behaviour. A comparative analysis was carried out between the male and female scholars. Differences and similarities were noted between the male and female groups. The method of suicide was found to be usually of non-violent means. The major precipitating factors were related to interpersonal problems and those related to the home environment including problematic parent-child relationships. School related problems were not found to be major precipitating factors to suicidal behaviour. In social work treatment the implementation of a crisis intervention model was found to be effective. Recommendations are made.