Youth-Nominated Support Team (YST-II) for Suicidal Adolescents
Shotwell, Molly K.
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Youth suicide is a major public health problem that needs serious consideration among families, health care professionals, and public policy. Many studies examine the causes and correlates of suicidal ideation, thoughts or wishes to be dead or to kill oneself, and suicide attempts. Causes and correlates include but are not limited to a psychiatric disorder, family history of suicidal behavior, physical abuse, sexual orientation, and substance abuse. Few researchers have empirically examined prevention and intervention strategies. The Youth-Nominated Support Team (YST -II) is a revised version of an earlier YST intervention, which King evaluated in 2000. YST-II is designed to increase treatment adherence and perceived social support and thereby decrease suicidal ideation and functional impairment through the involvement of an adult support team nominated by the suicidal youth.