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ERIC Number: EJ1016022
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1546-2781
Suicide Interventions Targeted toward At-Risk Youth
Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Jennifer; Lamis, Dorian A.; McCullars, Adrianne
Alabama Counseling Association Journal, v38 n2 spec iss p43-64 2012
Suicide is currently the third leading cause of death among youth; it has been named a public health concern. A number of programs have been developed to prevent suicide; many of these involve intervening with youth who are known to be at-risk because of their depression, expressed suicide ideation, or previous suicide attempts. This paper serves as a qualitative review of existing interventions for adolescent suicide. Long-term outcome data on existing programs are relatively scarce. However, promising current interventions include strategies to help youth tolerate intense negative affect and maintain emotional regulation. Individual psychotherapy for suicide prone youth is often conducted in conjunction with pharmacological treatments. Other noteworthy suicide interventions address the family dynamics surrounding suicidal youth, often by including the family in treatment. Interventions that increase the adolescent's motivation for treatment and likelihood of treatment compliance are also under current investigation. Modes of delivery for suicide interventions may also be changing with the inclusion of technology in service access and provision. Essential elements of effective suicide prevention programs and concerns with existing suicide-related interventions are also summarized.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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