Project 5, The Nature of Suicidal Crises in College Students (2006)
The Research Consortiumıs fifth project was a deviation from the previous four, in that it focused in on a particular college mental health issue. This study aimed to gather indepth quantitative and qualitative data on a random sample of college and university students about the nature of their suicidal crises. Much is already known about incidence and prevalence of suicidal thinking and attempts in this population, but little was known about the decisions, behaviors, attitudes, thoughts, and beliefs of students amidst the suicidal crisis. This study was also unique, in that it was the first web-based survey that the Research Consortium conducted. This survey gathered information on previous mental health history, lifetime and 12-month data on suicidal ideation and attempts, emotional mood states during the suicidal crisis, help-seeking behavior, who students told about the crisis, events coincidental to their suicidal thinking, and their attributions for why they considered suicide. The study was the largest Research Consortium to-date, with over 26,000 participants from 70 colleges and universities.
Differences in suicidal experiences of male and female undergraduate and graduate students. Brownson, C., Drum, D., Smith, S., & Denmark, A. (2011). Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 25, 277-94.
Mood states as predictors of characteristics and precipitants of suicidality among college students. Hess, E., Becker, M., Pituch, K., & Saathoff, A. (2011). Journal of College Student Psychotherapy,25 (2), 145-155.
Risk and protective factors associated with Asian American students' suicidal ideation: A multi-campus, national study. Wong, Y. J., Brownson, C., & Schwing, A. E. (2011). Journal of College Student Development, 52, 396-408.
Why do Suicidal Students Avoid Seeking Help? College Students' Self-Reported Reasons for Concealing Suicidal Ideation and Their Relationship to Attempting Suicide, Doctoral Dissertation. Burton Denmark, A. (2010) University of Texas, Austin.