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Youth-Nominated Support Team Intervention for Suicidal Adolescents

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00071617
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 30, 2003
Last Update Posted : November 11, 2013
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Cheryl A. King, University of Michigan

Brief Summary:
This study will attempt to improve treatment adherence and reduce suicide risk among adolescents who are at risk for attempting suicide.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Suicide, Attempted Behavioral: Youth-Nominated Support Team Phase 2

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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 448 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Youth Support Team Intervention for Suicidal Adolescents
Study Start Date : November 2002
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2008

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Suicide

Arm Intervention/treatment
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

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

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

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

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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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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00071617

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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)
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Principal Investigator: Cheryl A. King, Ph.D. University of Michigan
Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Cheryl A. King, Professor, University of Michigan Identifier: NCT00071617    
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH063881 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01MH063881 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: October 30, 2003    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 11, 2013
Last Verified: November 2013
Keywords provided by Cheryl A. King, University of Michigan:
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Suicide, Attempted
Self-Injurious Behavior
Behavioral Symptoms