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ERIC Number: ED369017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Synopsis of a Descriptive Study of School-Based Adolescent Suicide Prevention/Intervention Programs: Program Components and the Role of the School Counselor.
Kush, Francis R.; Malley, Patrick
This study focussed on two general areas of secondary school-based programs that were operational during the 1989-1990 school year: (1) Suicide prevention/intervention programmatic components which were utilized in the school setting; and (2) specific adolescent suicide prevention/intervention/postvention activities practiced by school counselors in school settings. Researchers examined a 31-item questionnaire returned by school counselors, each a registered member of the American School Counselors Association, representing 325 school districts nationwide. Results indicated that nearly one-half of schools in this study did not have a formal suicide prevention/intervention program of policy during the 1989-1990 school year. Forty-one percent of the counselors reported no training in the assessment of lethality regarding suicide risk and 51 percent lacked confidence in their capacity (in 1989-1990) to function at school as an adolescent suicide prevention agent, although 93 percent received suicide prevention/intervention training. Eighty percent cited personal involvement with a student(s) who exhibited suicidal ideation and/or behaviors during that school year. Schools having a formal suicide prevention program were more likely to implement a range of other recommended suicide prevention components. Five appendices contain data results and a copy of the school questionnaire. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A