Suicidal Thinking and Behavior among Youth Involved in Verbal and Social Bullying: Risk and Protective Factors

Three great authors; Iris Wagman Borowsky, Lindsay A. Taliaferro and Barbara J. McMorris authored this article in the year 2012. The three authors have participated in the writing of many articles and therefore they have gained maximum experience of analyzing information and putting them down as articles. Elsevier, a very reputable publishing company has played an important role in reviewing and publishing this article. Elsevier publishing company has also published many articles authored by different authors with great experiences in the writing industry. Some of the articles published by this company include; the psychological, physical and academic correlates of cyber bulling and traditional bulling by Robin M. Kowalski and Susan P. Limber and potential suicide and its involvement with the view bullying in school by Ian Rivers and Nathalie Noret.

The authors of this article employed the use of many necessary writing qualities and styles in order to bring out their message as contained in the article clearly. They used simple language to ease reader comprehension. They also indicated how their research, data collection, data analysis and data presentation were done to give the readers a clear impression of the information in the text (Borowsky et al 06). The authors came up with the article for various purposes and some of the main aims include identifying the environmental risk factors and behaviors associated with either thinking or suicide attempt among the youths involved in bullying. They also aimed at identifying prospective factors contrary to suicidal attempts. Some of the risk factors brought out in the text include cigarette-smoking, use of alcoholic drinks, use of marijuana, family conflicts,   possession of weapons and physical fighting.

According to the text, all these are due to psychological disturbances and obsession. These are however rampant among the youths whom are faced with various psychological problems and physical conflicts between them and their fellows. The article also bring out factors that help in preventing cases of attempted suicide among the youth and this was the sole reason for the publication of this article. The protective measures depicted in the text include self-control where the youths have their own life principles and avoid doing things out of their ill feelings. The other protective measure is the parental guidance, where the parents are to exercise authority over their children by guiding them on the right things to do under different situations and how to avoid being victims of such circumstances. The article also argues that schools are the best in preventing bullying. This is because it reaches a large number of the affected youths and form interventions aimed at helping them hence diminishing bullying.

The authors of the article achieved the intended purpose of the article by using examples in their explanations. The examples involve asking of simple and common questions of what people experience especially youths in their daily lives. The authors also took a good step of using the students to represent the youths in their research and this helps the readers of the article feel some sense of involvement while reading. The use of common examples, listing of some protective and harmful factors, indication of the data collection and presentation process and use of simple language makes the article more understandable. This is because the readers are able to get the information and analyze it by relating the main concepts in the article with the examples given.

The article is objective since major issues revolve around the theme of bullying and suicide attempts among the youths and the preventive measures that are realistic due to the factors that causes these ill attempts among the youths. Generally, the text brings out a persuasive mood to the readers since the authors have clearly indicated that it was through research that the information in the text created. The most convincing thing is the mentioning of the processes of the research that seem very realistic due to their explanations in details and that is good enough to convince the reader. The other thing is that the content and the local mood in the text make the reader to get convinced. This is because the reader puts the content from the text on the plane ground and relates it or contrast it with other related circumstances he or she experiences in the real life situation. The protective measures mentioned in the text also make the reader convinced and encouraged to apply them in real life situation.

Work Cited

Borowsky, Iris, Lindsay Taliaferro, and Barbara McMorris. “Suicidal Thinking and Behavior Among Youth Involved in Verbal and Social Bullying: Risk and Protective Factors.” Journal of of Adolescent Health (2012): 4-12. Print.

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