Youth-Nominated Support Team for Suicidal Adolescents (Version 1): a randomized controlled trial

J Consult Clin Psychol. 2006 Feb;74(1):199-206. doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.74.1.199.


In this study, the authors investigated the efficacy of the Youth-Nominated Support Team-Version 1 (YST-1), a psychoeducational social network intervention, with 289 suicidal, psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents (197 girls, 92 boys). Adolescents were randomly assigned to treatment-as-usual plus YST-1 or treatment-as-usual only. Assessments were completed pre- and postintervention (6 months). There were no main effects for YST-1 on suicide ideation or attempts, internalizing symptoms, or related functional impairment. Relative to other girls, however, those who received YST-1 reported greater decreases in self-reported suicidal ideation (actually treated analytic strategy) and significantly greater decreases in mood-related functional impairment reported by their parents (intent to treat and actually treated analytic strategies). This is the first randomized controlled clinical trial to investigate the efficacy of a social network intervention with suicidal youths.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Affect
  • Caregivers / education*
  • Caregivers / psychology
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Friends* / psychology
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Male
  • Patient Admission
  • Personality Assessment
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Support*
  • Suicide / prevention & control*
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Suicide, Attempted / prevention & control
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology