Science from evaluation: Testing hypotheses about differential effects of three youth-focused suicide prevention trainings.
Coleman, D.~~Del Quest, A.
As part of an evaluation component of a youth suicide prevention, a quasi-experimental repeated measures design tested hypotheses about two brief suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings (Question, Persuade, Refer QPR and RESPONSE) and one longer suicide intervention skills training (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST). All three trainings showed large changes in prevention attitudes and self-efficacy, largely maintained at follow-up. ASIST trainees had large increases in asking at-risk youth about suicide at follow-up. Convergent with other research, modeling and role-play in training are crucial to increased prevention behaviors. Practice and research implications are discussed, including social work roles in suicide prevention and research.