Suicide Risk among College Students: Assessment and Treatment Considerations (pp. 45-54)
Authors: (John A Yozwiak, Carolyn M Lentzsch-Parcells, and Tamika CB Zapolski, Division of Adolescent Medicine and Young Parent programs, Kentucky Clinic, Department of Pediatrics, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America)
Abstract: Suicide and suicidal ideation are a concern on college campuses. The prevalence data for
suicidal thoughts and suicidal behavior among college students, and the associated risk
factors are reviewed. Important components of a prevention and intervention program are
addressed. An integrated, multifaceted approach that involves collaboration among
important stakeholders, and incorporates the unique features of each university or college
may be beneficial. Once at-risk students are identified, a comprehensive assessment can
be conducted. A treatment plan can then be developed that targets the unique factors
related to suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior for each student. It is recommended that
multidisciplinary teams be utilized in all phases of program development,
implementation, assessment, and treatment.
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