ERIC Number: EJ1029639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Suicide Prevention in Social Work Education: How Prepared Are Social Work Students?
Osteen, Philip J.; Jacobson, Jodi M.; Sharpe, Tanya L.
Journal of Social Work Education, v50 n2 p349-364 2014
The prevalence of suicide suggests social workers will encounter clients at risk for suicide, but research shows social workers receive little to no training on suicide and suicide prevention and feel unprepared to work effectively with clients at risk. Baseline results from a randomized intervention study of the Question, Persuade, and Refer suicide prevention gatekeeper training with 73 advanced master's of social work student interns show suicide knowledge was average, attitudes about suicide prevention were generally neutral, and use of suicide prevention practice skills was low. These results indicate an opportunity for enhancing student outcomes through training and inform social work education regarding necessary preparation for student interns and new graduates to identify and respond effectively to client suicide risk.
Descriptors: Social Work, Suicide, Prevention, Career Readiness, Graduate Students, Knowledge Level, Familiarity, Risk, At Risk Persons, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Learning Experience, Field Experience Programs, Intervention, Student Surveys, Attitude Measures, Behavior Rating Scales, Correlation, Risk Assessment, Caseworker Approach
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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