Psychometric properties of a suicide screen for adjudicated youth in residential care.

There is a need to efficiently and effectively screen adjudicated youth residing within the juvenile justice system for suicide proneness. Accordingly, in the current study, the psychometric properties of the Life Attitude Schedule: Short Form (LAS:S), a 24-item risk assessment for suicide proneness, were assessed using data from adjudicated youth residing in an alternative sentencing […]

Suicidal risk in adolescent residential treatment: Being female is more important than a depression diagnosis.

We investigated the relationship between gender and clinician diagnosis of a depressive disorder at intake on variables reflecting depression among adolescents in residential treatment. It was hypothesized that females diagnosed with a depressive disorder would have the highest scores on measures of suicide risk, the number of symptoms of a major depressive episode, suicidal behavior, […]

Is Veteran Status and Suicide Risk Assessed in Community Long-Term Care? A Review of the States’ Assessment Instruments

A review of state-level long-term assessment instruments was conducted to determine whether veteran status & suicide are assessed. Data from 43 state’s Units on Aging instruments were content analyzed. Results indicate that over two-thirds of the states in this review included questions about suicide & veterans in their assessments, 69.8 percent & 67.4 percent respectively. […]

Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice: Applications Across Disorders and Settings


Outcomes of Substance use Disorder Treatment in Suicidal and Nonsuicidal Male Patients

This study examined the treatment outcomes of suicide & nonsuicide substance use disorder patients who were followed for 5 years. A total of 2,099 male patients were recruited from 15 Department of Veterans Affairs residential alcohol & drug treatment programs & were assessed at 4 points. Although patients with a recent suicide attempt reported severe […]

Adolescent Self-Mutilators: Preventing Crises

This presentation described a long-term investigation of self-cutting which was a chronic problem among adolescent girls confined in a training school in Ontario. The investigation led to the development of an intervention strategy which resulted in the elimination of this behaviour at the institution. The intervention, Co-opting, was discussed.

Practices and Processes in Managing Risks of Suicide in Residences


Live Through This: the Experiences of Queer Youth in Care in Manitoba


Suicidal Behaviour and Deaths in and Leaving Care: Identifying Risk Factors in Cases of Known Deaths of Young People With Experience of Care

Coping Mechanisms, Stressful Events and Suicidal Behavior Among Youth Admitted to Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Services

Research has shown both childhood physical and sexual abuse to be associated with later suicide attempts, although some studies have not supported these findings. However, few studies have investigated differences in physical and sexual abuse histories among single and multiple suicide attempters. The goals of the current study were two-fold: (a) to replicate previous findings […]

Psychiatric Services Utilization in Completed Suicides of a Youth Centres Population


Deliberate Self-Harm at an Adolescent Unit: a Qualitative Investigation

This investigation aimed to identify some of the personal & interpersonal processes involved in deliberate self-harm at a residential treatment setting for adolescents with mental health problems. The authors found that the act of self-harm created a temporary resolution from intense feelings of anger & interpersonal conflicts. They also found that adolescents competed to be […]

Managed Care, Brief Hospitalization, and Alternatives to Hospitalization in the Care of Suicidal Patients (IN: Treatment of Suicidal Patients in Managed Care, ed. by J M Ellison)

For the full book, please see SIEC #2005-0874

Inpatient Suicides: Recommendations for Prevention

Completed Suicides in a Youth Centres Population

Dissociation as a Mediator of Psychopathology Among Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents

This study investigated the role of dissociation as a mediator of mental health outcomes in children with a history of sexual abuse. In a sample of 114 children & adolescents, sexual abuse history was significantly associated with dissociation. Both sexual abuse & dissociation were independently associated with several indicators of mental health disturbance, including suicidality, […]

Young People With Coexisting Substance Abuse and Emotional Problems Need Specialized Residential Treatment

For the original study by D Weiner et al, please see SIEC #2001-1281

Suicidal Ideation and Behavior in Children’s Homes

The aim of this cross-sectional study is to report the self-destructive & suicidal behavior of a sample of children & adolescents in child welfare institutions. The children were evaluated using the Child Behavior Checklist, the Children’s Global Assessment Scale, & questionnaires about suicidal & violent behavior. 32% of the sample had presented suicidal thoughts, threats […]

Boarding Schools: Effects on the Mental Health of Eskimo Adolescents

The authors examined the effects of four representative boarding schools on 132 Alaskan Eskimo adolescents during their freshman & sophomore years. Forty-nine percent of the freshmen developed school-related social & emotional disturbances; 25% of these problems were judged serious. High levels of emotional disturbance were also found during the students’ sophomore year. The findings and […]

The Mental Health of ‘Looked After’ Young People (IN: Young People and Mental Health, ed. by P Aggleton, J Hurry, and I Warwick)

In this chapter, the authors explore the research evidence on the mental health of looked after young people. Their evidence is drawn from 2 main sources: specific mental health studies, & more general studies concerning the ‘care’ of young people. They then go on to discuss risk factors & health promoting behaviours. They conclude by […]

The Relationship Between Lethality of Attempted Suicide and Prior Suicidal Communications in a Sample of Residential Youth

This study investigates the relationship between the number of suicidal communications prior to an attempt & the lethality of the attempt in a sample of adolescent youth in a residential treatment facility. The sample consisted of 46 youth who had attempted suicide while in a large group home residential facility over a 9-year period. Attempters […]

Intervention With Young People With Parasuicidial Behaviour: the Sandridge Program

This presentation described the three-stage residential & support program for homeless young people, age 15-25 years. The program is designed to support young people for up to three years to enable them to address their personal issues & to develop living skills. Emphasis is placed on encouraging residents to take responsiblity for the decisions that […]

National Task Force on Violence Against Social Care Staff

In 1999, a task force was established to investigate violence against social care workers in the United Kingdom. A national action plan, training initiatives, targets for the reduction of violence, strategies to reduce violence, & development work were all included in the mandate of the task force. This kit contains documents which describe the task […]