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Multi-Informant Assessment of the Suicide Crisis Syndrome in Adolescents Presenting to an Emergency Department

2021 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $89,950
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Shira Barzilay, Ph.D.

Shira Barzilay, Ph.D.
Schneider Children’s Medical Center (Israel)

Mentor: Alan Apter, M.D.

Inside the Research

There has been an alarming increase in the rates of adolescents presenting to Emergency Departments with suicidal thoughts and behaviors. This project aims to test an instrument for the assessment of near-term suicide risk among youth. This assessment instrument is designed to capture a mental state preceding suicidal behaviors termed “The Suicide Crisis Syndrome.” The study combines multi-informant reports by youth, parents, and clinicians to improve clinical decision-making in the Emergency Departments.