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Youth-Nominated Support Team Intervention for Suicidal Adolescents

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Cheryl A. King, University of Michigan Identifier:
First received: October 29, 2003
Last updated: November 8, 2013
Last verified: November 2013
This study will attempt to improve treatment adherence and reduce suicide risk among adolescents who are at risk for attempting suicide.

Condition Intervention Phase
Suicide, Attempted
Behavioral: Youth-Nominated Support Team
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Youth Support Team Intervention for Suicidal Adolescents

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Further study details as provided by University of Michigan:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • suicidal ideation - Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire-JR [ Time Frame: 3 month ]
    Type, frequency, and severity of suicidal thoughts

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Depression - Children's Depression Rating Scale-Revised [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Other Outcome Measures:
  • functional impairment - Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Enrollment: 448
Study Start Date: November 2002
Study Completion Date: December 2008
Primary Completion Date: December 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Youth-Nominated Support Team
Adolescents nominate up to 4 caring adults from family, school, community settings. These adults participate in psychoeducation sessions regarding adolescent's treatment plan and support needs. They maintain regular, supportive contact with the adolescent for 3 months -- with ongoing consultation and support check-ins from study clinical staff.
Behavioral: Youth-Nominated Support Team
No Intervention: Enhanced Treatment as Usual
Adolescents in this condition receive study assessments and risk management services (at time of assessments) only

Detailed Description:

Despite substantial knowledge about adolescent suicide risk factors, few studies have been conducted to identify effective interventions for suicidal adolescents.

Youth-Nominated Support Team (YST) is an intervention designed to help suicidal adolescents after hospitalization. It is a psychoeducational social network intervention that targets poor treatment adherence and difficulties with social support. YST is designed to be a supplement to traditional or usual treatments.

Participants are randomly assigned to receive either treatment as usual (TAU) or TAU plus YST for 3 months. Adolescents who receive TAU plus YST nominate three or four adults from their family, school, and community settings to function as support persons. The support persons participate in a psychoeducation session that focuses on the adolescent's psychiatric disorder(s), individualized treatment plan, importance of treatment adherence, and suicide risk factors. They also maintain regular contact with the adolescent to support treatment adherence and progress toward treatment goals. Adolescents have assessments at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months. Internalizing behavior problems, perceived social support, treatment adherence, adaptive functioning, severity of depression and anxiety, severity and frequency of suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts are assessed.


Ages Eligible for Study:   13 Years to 17 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Hospitalization in a participating psychiatric facility
  • Suicidal ideation, intent, or attempt

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Severe physical or cognitive impairment that makes informed consent, nominations, or participation in assessments impossible
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00071617

United States, Michigan
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Hospital, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Michigan
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Cheryl A. King, Ph.D. University of Michigan
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Cheryl A. King, Professor, University of Michigan Identifier: NCT00071617     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH063881 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: October 29, 2003
Last Updated: November 8, 2013

Keywords provided by University of Michigan:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Suicide, Attempted
Self-Injurious Behavior
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on April 24, 2017