Suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals aged 15 to 24 in the United States and each year approximately 8% of high school students report a suicide attempt. Within 6 months of discharge from inpatient hospitalization, adolescents admitted for suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STB) are at extremely high risk for making a suicide attempt and nearly one third are rehospitalized. Schools are one of the primary post-discharge environments fundamental for maintaining hospital-based recovery skills and as such are ideally situated to support these at-risk youths. Providing practical, feasible recommendations for schools supporting youth at hospital discharge is markedly difficult without a clear understanding of the types of services and processes employed across schools, districts, and states. In order to further understand this critical transition for high-risk adolescents, the purpose of this exploratory study is to administer a survey of school policies, procedures, and services related to school reintegration following psychiatric hospitalization.
In order to recruit a representative sample of middle and high school psychologists across the US, presidents of the state school psychology associations (e.g., North Carolina School Psychology Association, Rhode Island School Psychology Association), including 50 state and the Districts of Columbia, will be contacted and a request to share a link for the survey to all affiliated members will be made. It is expected that a minimum of 500 school psychologists representing at least 25 states will be recruited.
Participants will be invited to participate in an online survey accessible through the Qualtrics, a secure and encrypted online survey platform. Following the completion of informed consent, participants will be invited to complete a brief school demographics survey and a school reintegration services survey inquiring about services for students related to school reintegration. Descriptive analyses will be employed to examine school professional survey data.
Link for the survey: https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/