Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Type

Honors Project

School

College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Robin Parritz

Abstract

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among college aged students (Hirsch & Barton, 2011). Several risk factors for suicidal ideation have been identified, but little work has focused on awareness of suicide prevention resources. The focus of this study is to assess a college population’s knowledge on suicide risk factors and determine whether they feel strongly about one method of prevention over another. This study is focused on assessing individual knowledge of risk factors and identification of appropriate prevention strategies. It was hypothesized that participants who are more successful at identifying risk factors will be more knowledgeable about the appropriate course of action to take to prevent a suicide attempt. The results suggest that there are no main effects for identifying suicide risk factors between: genders, year-in-school, and majors. Significance was found for relationships between suggested prevention methods and comfort of performing prevention.

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