CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 03, 1977
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(Studio) Increased numbers of youth suicides noted. Following is first of a series on subject.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(NYC) Report with regard to reasons behind youth suicides and thoughts of suicide by young people who seem to have everything to live for. [WOMEN - cites fear of future and suicide as alternative.] [MAN - discusses suicide as alternative.] [2nd WOMAN - describes things that bring on suicide.] [Psychologist Jerome BRODLIE - asks class in adolescent psychology at South Connecticut State College to mark paper if they've ever thought of suicide as alternative at point in lives. Notes results.] Conflicting estimates on no. who have tried suicide. [Psychologist Pamela CANTOR - cites own research that indicates 400,000 are attempted each year by young.] Government figures with regard to youth deaths due to suicide and statistics that show more successful youths are those who are more likely to try it noted. Reporter cites pressure as reason most often given by young questioned, with regard to why they contemplate suicide. [MAN - cites pressure in society, school and jobs.] [2nd MAN - notes pressure from friends and family.] [2nd WOMAN - cites sexist, drug and alcohol pressures and that youth today have more pressures coming at them.] [WOMAN - notes pressures to succeed.] [BRODLIE - describes complicated pressures youth today are under.] Government statistics for 1975 suicides, exclude auto accidents or drug deaths that possibly weren't accidental, and fact that many times families cover up suicides, noted. [2nd WOMAN - describes own experience with mother refusing to accept her suicide attempts.]
REPORTER: Morton Dean