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The Youth-Nominated Support Team for Suicidal Adolescents (version 1) intervention does not reduce suicidal attempts

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Q Does the Youth-Nominated Support Team for Suicidal Adolescents (version 1) intervention in addition to treatment as usual reduce suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in suicidal adolescents?


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Randomised controlled trial.

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Six months.

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One university hospital and one private hospital, USA; recruitment 1998 to 2000.

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289 adolescents (12–17 years old) who were psychiatrically hospitalised, and had attempted suicide or had significant suicidal ideation/intent in the previous month. Other inclusion criteria: Self Harm Scale of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale score  =  20 or 30; ⩾1 completed baseline measure. Exclusion criteria: incapacitating psychosis; profound or severe mental retardation.

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Treatment as usual (psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, alcohol/drug treatment, partial hospitalisation, and …

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  • For correspondence: Cheryl A King, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0295, USA; kingca{at}

  • Source of funding: Ronald MacDonald House Foundation Grant.