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A qualitative study of psychosis and suicidality to inform safety planning for high-risk teens

2020 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $90,000
Focus Areas: Psychosocial Studies, Clinical Treatment Studies

Elizabeth Thompson, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Thompson, Ph.D.
Rhode Island Hospital

Mentor: Shirley Yen, Ph.D., Rhode Island Hospital

Inside the Research

Youth with early psychosis (e.g. having unusual thoughts or sensory experiences) have a markedly elevated risk for suicide. In-depth interviews will be used to explore how psychosis experiences influence suicidal thoughts and behaviors among teens hospitalized for safety concerns. This information will then be used to develop a safety plan tailored to the needs of teens experiencing psychosis and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Feedback from teens, parents, and clinicians will inform safety planning guidelines for future use.