University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Title

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

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Emergency Medicine

Publication Date

9-1-2014

Document Type

Article

Subjects

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

Disciplines

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

Abstract

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.

Rights and Permissions

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

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American journal of preventive medicine

PubMed ID

25145735