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Am J Prev Med. 2014 Sep;47(3 Suppl 2):S170-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2014.06.002.

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

Author information

1
Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland. Electronic address: horowitzl@mail.nih.gov.
2
Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio.
3
Intramural Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland.
4
Department of Emergency Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts.

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.

PMID:
25145735
DOI:
10.1016/j.amepre.2014.06.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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