Author(s)

Heather Leech

Date Approved

8-17-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Learning Disabilities

Department

Language, Literacy, and Special Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Kuder, S Jay

Subject(s)

Suicide--Prevention;Schools--New Jersey

Disciplines

Child Psychology | Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to: (1) determine the extent to which local schools are providing suicide prevention programs; (2) determine the effectiveness of suicide presentation programs; (3) examine the attitudes of teachers, parents, students, and other educational professionals regarding suicide prevention programs and; (4) determine the need for suicide prevention programs in a southern, New Jersey special services school district. A survey was distributed to 20 people in each of the following categories: teacher, parent, student, and other educational professionals. The four categories mentioned above were analyzed in the surveys. The results indicated that the participants feel that suicide prevention/postvention programs are successful and that there is a need for them within the schools. It was found that some teachers were receiving a form of suicide prevention/postvention programming or training. However, they stated that the program or training was not particularly successful.

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