Title

No-suicide agreements: High school students' perspectives

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2002

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Researchers have studied what therapists and college students think about no-suicide agreements, but high school students might also be called on to use these kinds of agreements. To examine their perspectives, 96 Caucasian and African American high school students were randomly assigned to read a vignette about a 15-year-old suicidal adolescent, Jamie, who met with a psychologist. Jamie therapist used 1 of 2 treatments: therapy alone or therapy in conjunction with a no-suicide agreement. Students rated their attitudes toward the intervention. Overall, students were more positive toward using no-suicide agreements aspart of the treatment of suicidal adolescents than using therapy alone. High school students are similar to college students in their positive view of no-suicide agreements. Their endorsement, however, was lukewarm.

Publication Title

DEATH STUDIES

Volume

26

Issue

10

First Page

851

Last Page

857