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Preliminary effects of brief school-based prevention approaches for reducing youth suicide–risk behaviors, depression, and drug involvement

Author: mohec-admin

Additional Authors: Eggert, Leona L.; Thompson, Elaine A.; Randell, Brooke P.; Pike, Kenneth C.
Year: 2002
URL: No URL given Journal: Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume: 15
Issue: 2
Pages: 48-64

PROBLEM: Few empirically tested, school-based, suicide-prevention programs exist. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the postintervention efficacy of Counselors-CARE (C-CAST) and Coping and Support Training (CAST) vs. “usual care” controls for reducing suicide risk. METHODS: A randomized prevention trial; 341 potential dropouts, 14 to 19 years old, from seven high schools (52% female, 56% minorities) participated. Trend analyses using data from three time points assessed over time changes. FINDINGS: Significant decreases occurred for all youth in suicide-risk behaviors, depression, and drug involvement. Intervention-specific effects occurred for decreases in depression. CONCLUSIONS: School-based prevention approaches are feasible and show promise for reducing suicidal behaviors and related depression.

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