Understanding Suicide Attempt Method Choice in Adolescents

This project is supported by the President’s Fund for Faculty Excellence.

Kimberly Obrien Suicide Attempt Research

Understanding Suicide Attempt Method Choice in Adolescents Who Have Attempted Suicide

The main goal of this project is to conduct a mixed methods study of adolescents seen in an Emergency Department (ED), Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (IPU), or Inpatient Medical Unit (IMU) for a suicide attempt, to elicit information through quantitative assessments and qualitative semi-structured in depth interviews (IDI) about the preparatory thoughts, behaviors, and decisions about suicide attempt method choice. Assessments and IDIs will also be conducted with parents/caregivers to assess acceptability and feasibility of various means restrictions approaches to suicide prevention.

Findings from this mixed methods study will inform the development of a means restriction intervention for suicidal adolescents seen in an ED, IPU, or IMU, as well as their parents/caregivers. Additionally, findings will be used to improve suicide prevention knowledge by developing a means restriction education program for Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) clinicians and a suicide prevention and intervention course for SSW students.