Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Gwen V. Mitchell, Psy.D.
Second Committee Member
Shelly Smith-Acuña, Ph.D.
Third Committee Member
Henrietta Pazos, Psy.D.
College students, Diversity, Suicide prevention, Gatekeeper training, Students of color, LGBTQ, Suicide
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Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults ages 15 to 34. Given that college students are within that age range, it is believed they are at a similar risk. As college campuses try to address the suicide risk among their diverse student body, many have developed a public health approach, including the use of gatekeeper trainings. Many of these population-based interventions take a one-size fits all approach to suicide prevention, but with an increasingly diverse student population represented on college campuses this type of approach may fall short and fail to meet the cultural needs of a diverse student body. The Cultural Theory and Model of Suicide is discussed as a viable framework to inform an existing gatekeeper training program called Campus Connect, which was designed specifically for college students. Recommendations for ways that colleges can create a more inclusive suicide prevention program to meet the needs of diverse student bodies are provided at the end of this paper.
Chiles, Leisha Marie, "Cultural Adaptation to Suicide Prevention Interventions on College Campuses" (2018). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 316.