Date of Award

Summer 2013

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Advisor

Dr. Leo Herrman

Abstract

This study was conducted to examine the relationship between adolescent suicide behavior and the age of removal from home amongst children with emotional and behavioral disturbance. The study aims to determine whether a child�s removal from home can be counted as a viable basis for the development of suicide prevention programs and an expansion for evidence based practices. The study was conducted using archived de-identified data collected and provided by a private not-for-profit behavioral health treatment facility located in rural Kansas. The participants included male and female adolescents between the ages of thirteen to eighteen years old that were admitted into the facility between January 1st, 2011 and May 31st, 2011. The results did not indicate a significant relationship between adolescent suicide behavior and the age of the child�s first removal from the home. However correlations revealed a significant relationship between multiple types of trauma experienced and the age of the child�s first removal from the home. Further analyses revealed a positive correlation between multiple types of trauma experienced and suicide attempts. T-tests indicated little difference between genders in regards to suicide attempts or the child�s first removal from the home. These results may have been influenced by an inadequate amount of participants and a limited pool of data. Adolescent suicide is a critical issue facing society today. Further research is needed to determine the effects of out-of-home placements as a possible predictor to adolescent suicide behavior in hopes of shedding more light to the issue of adolescent suicide.

Rights

Copyright 2013 Faith M. Wanja

Library Call Number

LD2652 .T5 P7 W36 2013

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