ERIC Number: EJ1045587
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Effectiveness of the Surviving the Teens® Suicide Prevention and Depression Awareness Program: An Impact Evaluation Utilizing a Comparison Group
Strunk, Catherine M.; King, Keith A.; Vidourek, Rebecca A.; Sorter, Michael T.
Health Education & Behavior, v41 n6 p605-613 Dec 2014
Youth suicide is a serious public health issue in the United States. It is currently the third leading cause of death for youth aged 10 to 19. School-based prevention programs may be an effective method of educating youth and enhancing their help-seeking. Most school-based suicide prevention programs have not been rigorously evaluated for their effectiveness. This evaluation employs a comparison group to measure whether program group participants differed significantly from comparison group participants on pretest-posttest measures while assessing the immediate impact of the Surviving the Teens® Suicide Prevention and Depression Awareness Program. Findings indicate several positive outcomes in program group students' suicide and depression knowledge, attitudes, confidence, and behavioral intentions compared with the comparison group. Suicide prevention specialists and prevention planners may benefit from study findings.
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Adolescents, Suicide, Prevention, Depression (Psychology), Comparative Analysis, Comprehensive School Health Education, Pretests Posttests, Behavior Change, Attitude Change, Intention, High School Students, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Surveys, Coding, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Ethnic Groups, Likert Scales, Attitude Measures, Statistical Analysis, Knowledge Level, Misconceptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 9; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio