Development and piloting of a brief intervention for suicidal american indian adolescents

Lauren Tingey Cwik, Angelita Lee, Rosemarie Suttle, Kristin Lake, John T. Walkup, Allison Barlow

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American Indian (AI) adolescents have the highest suicide death and attempt rates of any U.S. group, yet few interventions have been developed or evaluated for this population. This paper presents the first adaptation of a brief evidence-based intervention for AI adolescents from one reservation who made a suicide attempt. We describe our community-driven approach to intervention development and a small pilot study (n = 13). Preliminary findings indicate reductions in adolescents' negative thinking, depression, and suicidal ideation, and an increase in psychological service utilization. Key innovations include delivery by AI paraprofessionals and potential to strengthen the continuum of care between emergency department and outpatient settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-124
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Medicine


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