ERIC Number: ED403506
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Teen Suicide in Nevada: The Problem, Effective Intervention & Prevention Programs, Status of Programs in Nevada Schools, Exemplary Programs, [and] Guidelines for Nevada School Programs.
Smaby, Marlow H.; Downing, Jerry
The purpose of this paper is twofold: it reviews current national research on adolescent suicide and successful intervention/prevention programs and it surveys the 17 Nevada school districts to determine the presence of successful suicide intervention/prevention programs in the state. Findings include the following: (1) the popular curriculum-based suicide-prevention programs used in many states have not demonstrated effectiveness and may even contain potentially deleterious components; (2) the most effective methods of suicide intervention are to have a crisis intervention plan in place and to provide suicide education for school and community; (3) the most effective methods of suicide prevention for teens include utilizing state student-at-risk survey data to estimate the extent of the problem, then using comprehensive guidance programs to promote healthy life skills; (4) education of the media by school/community teams about the social imitation effects on adolescent suicide is crucial; and (5) school personnel need to lead in organizing school/community efforts aimed at effective suicide intervention/prevention. Results show that despite limited community social-service support, most Nevada schools have developed plans, some adequate, some exemplary. Includes guidelines for identifying elements necessary to achieve a comprehensive suicide crisis intervention and prevention program in all Nevada schools. Contains 34 references. The survey instrument is appended. (LSR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nevada Univ., Reno. Coll. of Education.
Authoring Institution: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City. Planning, Research and Evaluation Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada