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Screening youth for suicide risk in medical settings: time to ask questions

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Department of Emergency Medicine

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Adolescent; Age Factors; Child; Humans; Mass Screening; Risk Assessment; Suicide; Young Adult


Emergency Medicine | Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Preventive Medicine | Psychiatric and Mental Health


This paper focuses on the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention's Research Prioritization Task Force's Aspirational Goal 2 (screening for suicide risk) as it pertains specifically to children, adolescents, and young adults. Two assumptions are forwarded: (1) strategies for screening youth for suicide risk need to be tailored developmentally; and (2) we must use instruments that were created and tested specifically for suicide risk detection and developed specifically for youth. Recommendations for shifting the current paradigm include universal suicide screening for youth in medical settings with validated instruments.

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Citation: Am J Prev Med. 2014 Sep;47(3 Suppl 2):S170-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.06.002. Link to article on publisher's site

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American journal of preventive medicine

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