Amelia Arria, Ph.D., University of Maryland
Standard Research Grant (2008): $63,750
Identifying Early Intervention Targets for College Students At Risk for Suicide
Abstract: This study will analyze a large longitudinal database that was accumulated by the investigator through semiannual assessment of 1,253 students each year while in college. A wide range of risk and protective factors will be examined for their relationship to self-reported suicidal ideation and behaviors, including mental health, treatment-seeking and treatment utilization, substance use, parent-child communication and quality of family relationships, social support from friends and family and involvement in extracurricular activities. The study aims to develop longitudinal predictive models of factors that both lead to and protect against suicidal ideation and behavior among college students. The investigator hopes, in particular, that study results will suggest ways that campuses can enhance early identification and treatment of students’ mental health problems and reduce barriers to treatment.