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The Family-Based Crisis Intervention: Adaptation for Inpatient Psychiatric Settings

2020 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $89,975
Focus Area: Clinical Treatment Studies

Abigail Ross, Ph.D., MSW, MPH

Abigail Ross, Ph.D., MSW, MPH
Fordham University

Mentor: Dana Alonzo, Ph.D., MSW, Fordham University

Inside the Research

Family bonds and connection (adhesion and cohesion) and the resulting support and sense of connection or attachment can serve as protective factors against suicide when experienced by youth at risk for suicide. The investigators will adapt and then implement a brief evidence-based intervention for suicidal adolescents and their families, the Family-Based Crisis Intervention (FBCI). This intervention will be provided on inpatient psychiatric units with the aim of reducing suicidal behavior and rehospitalization rates in the six months following discharge, particularly in comparison to treatment as usual. If effective, hospitals will be able to improve care delivery to adolescents at risk for suicide and their families.