ERIC Number: EJ789674
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
What Prevents Adolescents from Seeking Help after a Suicide Education Program?
Cigularov, Konstantin; Chen, Peter Y.; Thurber, Beverly W.; Stallones, Lorann
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v38 n1 p74-86 Feb 2008
Perceived barriers to help-seeking among adolescents attending a suicide education program were examined. A total of 854 high school students in Colorado completed one of two questionnaires, measuring barriers to help-seeking for self or friend. The most prominent barriers for self were: inability to discuss problems with adults, self-overconfidence, fear of hospitalization, and lack of closeness to school adults. The most prominent barriers for troubled friends were: friendship concerns, unapproachability of school adults, fear of friend's hospitalization, and underestimating friend's problems. Results reveal multiple constraints limiting the program's utilization, supporting the need for comprehensive system approaches to suicide prevention.
Descriptors: Prevention, Suicide, Adolescents, Fear, Help Seeking, Comprehensive School Health Education, High School Students, Questionnaires, Psychological Patterns, Interpersonal Relationship, Friendship, Health Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado