ERIC Number: EJ818356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
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University Students' Perceived Self-Efficacy in Identifying Suicidal Warning Signs and Helping Suicidal Friends Find Campus Intervention Resources
King, Keith A.; Vidourek, Rebecca A.; Strader, Jennifer L.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v38 n5 p608-617 Oct 2008
Currently, suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth 18 to 24 years of age and the second leading cause of death on college campuses. A sample of students (N = 1,019) from three midwestern universities were surveyed regarding their perceived self-efficacy in identifying suicide warning signs and campus suicide intervention resources. The results indicated that 11% strongly believed they could recognize a friend at suicidal risk, while 17% strongly believed they could ask a friend if he or she was suicidal. Students who had received high school suicide prevention education and who had ever had a family member or friend express suicidal thoughts to them were those most confident in recognizing a friend at risk, asking a friend if he/she is suicidal, and helping a friend to see a counselor. Most (71%) were not aware of on-campus help resources. These findings underscore the importance of suicide prevention education throughout the high school and college years.
Descriptors: Campuses, Intervention, Self Efficacy, Prevention, Suicide, College Students, At Risk Persons, Helping Relationship, Peer Relationship, Student Personnel Services, School Counseling, School Health Services, Mental Health, Student Attitudes, High Schools, Comprehensive School Health Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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