Associate Professor Jodi Jacobson Frey is co-author of the recently published paper "Training youth services staff to identify, assess, and intervene when working with youth at high risk for suicide." The article appears in the February edition of Children and Youth Services Review.
Abstract: Youth in the child welfare system are often at increased risk for suicide due to the numerous physical and psychological challenges they face. This study was a longitudinal assessment of the impact of suicide intervention training on staff's abilities to identify, assess, and intervene when working with these youth in a child welfare setting. Participants received an adapted version of the “Youth and Depression” suicide intervention curriculum (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 2010) designed to improve participants' attitudes toward suicide intervention, knowledge about suicide intervention, self-efficacy for engaging in intervention behaviors, and increased use of assessment and intervention behaviors over time. ANOVA tests yielded large effect sizes for increasing knowledge and self-efficacy. There were no statistical changes in attitudes and reluctance, but these were very positive even before training. Results for changes in the use of assessment and intervention skills were more modest but demonstrated some improvements from pre-training to post-training. Further refinement of the curriculum may yield larger and consistent improvements in intervention behaviors.
Citation: Osteen, P. J., Lacasse, J. R., Woods, M. N., Greene, R., Frey, J. J., & Lane Forsman, R. (2018) Training youth services staff to identify, assess, and intervene when working with youth at high risk for suicide. Children and Youth Services Review. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.02.008