Volume 32, Issue 1 (2003)
Adolescent Suicide Prevention: School Psychologists' Acceptability of School-Based Programs
Tanya L. Eckert, David N. Miller, George J. DuPaul, T. Christopher Riley-Tillman
Abstract. From a random sample of members of the 1996-1997 membership directory of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), school psychologists’acceptability ratings of three school-based programs for the prevention of adolescent suicide were examined. A total of 211 (46.2%) respondents read a case description of a particular prevention program and completed the Suicide Prevention Program Rating Profile (SPPRP; Eckert, Miller, DuPaul, & Scherff,2002), a measure designed to evaluate the acceptability of suicide prevention programs.Suicide prevention programs evaluated for their acceptability included: (a)school-wide curriculum-based programs presented to students; (b) in-service presentations to school staff; and (c) students’ self-report screening programs. The results indicated that school psychologists rated the staff in-service training and curriculum-based programs as significantly more acceptable than the school-wide screening program. In addition, the school-wide screening program was rated as significantly more intrusive by school psychologists than the staff in-service training or curriculum-based prevention programs.
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