Maintained attitudinal changes in nursing personnel after a brief training on suicide prevention

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2007 Apr;37(2):145-53. doi: 10.1521/suli.2007.37.2.145.


Nursing personnel (N = 317) working at a general hospital attended a 6-hour training program on suicide prevention. They answered anonymously pre- and post-training the Suicide Behavior Attitude Questionnaire (SBAQ), which comprises 21 visual analogue scale items divided in three factorial subscales. The results indicated there were positive changes in the attitudes and these gains were significantly maintained at the 6-month follow-up evaluation. Improvement was in the Feelings and Professional Capacity subscales (ANOVA; p = 0.0001 and 0.01, respectively). There was no change on the Right to Suicide subscale. Because attitudes influence the effectiveness of health care personnel interventions, our findings may have important implications for the development of suicide prevention programs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Brazil
  • Education
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Staff / education*
  • Nursing Staff / psychology
  • Suicide Prevention*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires