An evaluation of postvention following adolescent suicide

Suicide Life Threat Behav. Summer 1993;23(2):101-9.


This study sought to evaluate postvention provided to two schools following student suicides. A risk index for suicidal behavior among exposed adolescents was devised. The index clearly differentiated high (n = 272) and low (n = 534) scorers on a range of outcome variables. While two-thirds of students attending postvention counselling had two or more putative risk factors for suicidal behavior, a further 231 uncounselled students had similar risk scores. Counselled students (n = 63) did not differ from matched controls (n = 63) at 8-month follow-up on a range of outcome variables. Measures to improve future postvention are discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Counseling
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Risk Factors
  • Schools
  • Students / psychology*
  • Suicide / prevention & control*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires