Suicide Awareness Programs in the Schools: Effects of Gender and Personal Experience
Overholser J C~~et al
Evaluated the effects of gender & personal experience on the knowledge, attitudes & behaviors of 471 students. 215 of these participated in a suicide awareness program. Experience with a peer who had attempted suicide sensitized Ss to issues discussed in the curriculum. Males were more likely to report maladaptive attitudes toward peers’ suicidal tendencies, display less adaptive coping styles & exhibit less knowledge of suicidal behaviors. The role of sex differences in prevention is discussed.