ERIC Number: EJ873703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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Suicide and Firearm Means Restriction: Can Training Make a Difference?
Slovak, Karen; Brewer, Thomas W.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v40 n1 p63-73 Feb 2010
Along with physician education in depression recognition and treatment, restricting lethal methods is an effective suicide prevention strategy. The present study surveyed a random sample (N = 697) of Ohio licensed social workers regarding client firearm assessment and safety counseling. Analyses sought to determine what independent factors would predict the probability that a social worker would hold positive attitudes regarding firearm risk assessment and counseling. Findings indicated that prior training and reporting from an urban area significantly increased the odds (p less than 0.05) of registering more positive attitudes toward firearm assessment and safety counseling by 91.1% and 44.7%, respectively. Training mental health professionals in firearm assessment and safety counseling is an important aspect in addressing the reduction of suicide by this means.
Descriptors: Weapons, Safety, Prevention, Mental Health Workers, Suicide, Urban Areas, Probability, Depression (Psychology), Social Work, Identification, Surveys, Counseling, Risk, Counselor Training
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio