Suicide Prevention in an Educational Context: Broad and Narrow Foci

John Kalafat, Maurice J. Elias

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This paper reviews the needs and conceptual bases of school‐based youth suicide prevention programs, summarizes their current status, and recommends objectives, processes, and evaluation strategies for focused educational programs in this area. In addition, a broad systemic approach is called for that reorganizes the school context to increase students' contributions to and involvement with the educational process. Such approaches appear to have been effective with a variety of youth deviant behaviors such as dropout and delinquency, and seem to be particularly appropriate to suicidal behavior that is characterized by alienation and withdrawal from social supports. A combination of these broad and narrow foci may be necessary to address suicidal behavior in the educational context. 1995 The American Association for Suicidology

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-133
Number of pages11
JournalSuicide and Life‐Threatening Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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