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The Impact of a Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program on Knowledge, Attitudes, Awareness, and Response to Suicidal Youths

20 April 2007


Adolescent suicide is a significant and troubling public health issue in the United States. Although there have been attempts to develop suicide prevention programs for adolescents, there is no consensus as to what methods are most effective. One popular method of prevention is the implementation of school-based suicide awareness curriculums. A suicide prevention program, SAFE:TEEN Plus, was evaluated. Using a self-report survey, high school students’ and staff members’ knowledge, attitudes, awareness, and potential responses to suicidal youths were measured prior to participation in the program, immediately following participation, and at one or two follow-up points. Descriptive statistics were used to describe changes in the above areas. Students demonstrated an increase in knowledge, favorable attitudes, and awareness of potentially suicidal youth following participation in the program. Staff members previously held high levels of knowledge and favorable attitudes and thus they demonstrated little change in these areas. Limitations and implications of this study are discussed.


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