Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Tina Burdsall

Subjects

Teenagers -- Psychiatric emergencies, Crisis intervention (Mental health services), Teenagers -- Suicidal behavior -- Diagnosis, Hospitals -- Emergency services

DOI

10.15760/honors.397

Abstract

While research supports that teenagers are at an elevated risk for suicide, services to prevent and treat suicidality often do not meet the needs of this population. This is especially true when considering youth who engage in psychiatric emergency treatment, given that the most likely predictor of suicide is a past suicide attempt. This thesis will review theoretical foundations of suicidality and connect those theories to the current literature surrounding specific risk factors for suicide for adolescents. An understanding of these theories and risk factors will then be used to propose a model for potential improvements in emergency room suicide screening and intervention for adolescents. This model includes universal screening for suicide risk, a renewed focus on follow-up care after ER intervention, and involvement of youth-centered crisis hotlines.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and Psychology.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/20374

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