What is it about?
Suicide rates among African American teenagers have increased sharply in recent years. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for African Americans, ages 15-19 years. There is an urgent need for culturally relevant preventive interventions to support African American youth. Our study examines the efficacy of a culturally relevant suicide prevention program for African American high school students.
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Why is it important?
We found that our culturally-relevant prevention program, the Adapted – Coping with Stress (A-CWS) intervention, successfully reduced suicidal thoughts among African American teens who had higher levels of suicidal thoughts before beginning the program, compared to their counterparts who did not participate in the A-CWS intervention. These reductions were the largest 12 months after participating in the intervention, indicating long-term benefits of the preventive intervention.
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This page is a summary of: Reducing suicidal ideation in African American adolescents: A randomized controlled clinical trial., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, September 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
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