Behavioral Definitions

1. Demonstrate volatile family relationships, unrealistic expectations, and a lack of consistent emotional support for the child.

2. Exhibit aggressive and abusive behavior, including physical and sexual abuse of the child.

3. Have a history of unstable living conditions and frequent moves to different locations.

4. Family members are recovering from a recent divorce, separation, or death of a parent.

5. Members of the immediate or extended family have attempted or committed suicide.

6. One or both parents have a history of mental illness or have been diagnosed with a serious affective psychiatric disorder.

7. One or both parents have engaged in alcohol or drug abuse.

8. Child is diagnosed with depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, or suicidal ideation.

9. Child has verbalized the threat of suicide and/or made previous suicide attempts.

10. Child evidences recurrent themes of death, dying, and morbidity in conversations, writing, artwork, music, and selection of reading or video materials.

11. Child lacks personal problem-solving skills or the ability to seek support and assistance in dealing with personal loss, rejection, or humiliation.

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