Adolescent suicide prevention: School psychologists' acceptability of school-based programs

Tanya L. Eckert, David N. Miller, George J. DuPaul, T. Christopher Riley-Tillman

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-76
Number of pages20
JournalSchool Psychology Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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