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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2002 Summer;32(2):176-90.

Is evaluative research on youth suicide programs theory-driven? The Canadian experience.

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Research Unit, Rivière-des-Prairies Hospital, Université de Montréal, QC, Canada.


An in-depth review found that only 15 Canadian youth suicide programs had been evaluated over the last decades. Most of these were conducted in schools; general education on suicide was the most common strategy used. The descriptions of the programs were incomplete, and their theoretical bases never presented. All evaluations looked at program effects in accordance with the predominant experimental paradigm in evaluative research. Only two of the programs led to a reduction in suicidal behavior. Future evaluative research should place greater emphasis on the content of programs, especially their theoretical bases.

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