ERIC Number: EJ871503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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Emotional Impact of a Video-Based Suicide Prevention Program on Suicidal Viewers and Suicide Survivors
Bryan, Craig J.; Dhillon-Davis, Luther E.; Dhillon-Davis, Kieran K.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v39 n6 p623-632 Dec 2009
In light of continuing concerns about iatrogenic effects associated with suicide prevention efforts utilizing video-based media, the impact of emotionally-charged videos on two vulnerable subgroups--suicidal viewers and suicide survivors--was explored. Following participation in routine suicide education as a part of the U.S. Air Force Suicide Prevention Program's video-based community briefing, a sample of young active duty airmen demonstrated small decreases in positive emotional states and larger decreases in negative emotional states, especially among suicidal females. No evidence of iatrogenic effects were observed among suicidal or survivor subgroups when compared to controls. Results support the use of video-based media as a safe educational strategy that might actually serve to decrease emotional distress among vulnerable subgroups.
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Prevention, Suicide, Program Effectiveness, Video Technology, Military Personnel, Gender Differences, Control Groups, Emotional Response, Females, Emotional Disturbances
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