Adolescent suicide prevention: Acceptability of school-based programs among secondary school principals

David N. Miller, Tanya L. Eckert, George J. DuPaul, George P. White

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High school principals' acceptability ratings of three school-based programs for the prevention of adolescent suicide were examined. From a random sample of members from the 1994-1995 membership directory of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), a total of 185 (40%) respondents completed the Suicide Prevention Program Rating Profile (SPPRP), a measure designed to evaluate the acceptability of suicide prevention programs, after reading a description of a particular prevention program. Programs evaluated for their acceptability included (1) curriculum- based programs presented to students, (2) in-service presentations to school staff, and (3) student self-report screening measures. The results indicated that the curriculum-based and staff in-service programs were significantly more acceptable to principals than was the schoolwide student screening program. No significant differences between the acceptability of curriculum- based and in-service programs were found. Limitations of the study and implications for practice and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-85
Number of pages14
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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