ERIC Number: ED422546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Schools Linking with Family and Community Resources To Prevent Suicide.
Stapley, Janice C.; Stedman, Tracy L.; Janhonen, Paula A.
School psychologists can expand their role as consultant to students, school personnel, and parents by disseminating information about suicide ideation. This paper represents a replication of a previous study by two of the authors concerning knowledge about suicide among undergraduate university students majoring in education at a southern university. The current study surveyed a sample of both undergraduates and graduates in the School of Education at a northern university. Questionnaires concerning knowledge about suicide and attitudes regarding the role of teachers and school personnel in handling situations involving disclosure of suicide ideation were completed (N=113). One-way ANOVAs were calculated for responses to two scales comparing undergraduate and graduate students. Results from this study were also compared with those of the previous study. Open-ended questions were submitted for content analysis, which proved difficult due especially to an apparent lack of clarity about the meaning of confidentiality. The current study demonstrates that the need for more training among teachers is pervasive, rather than limited to the South or undergraduates. Both undergraduate and graduate education students lack important information for preventing suicides among school children. Confidentiality in particular was poorly understood. It is suggested that school psychologists train other school personnel and parents regarding suicidal behavior and the need for breaking confidentiality when there is a risk of suicide. (Contains 10 references.) (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (30th, Orlando, FL, April 14-18, 1998).