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An Integrated Approach to the Assessment of Risk and Protective Factors
Peter M. Gutierrez and Augustine Osman
“Provides a critical review of the extant literature and provides SPECIFIC recommendations in two areas: 1) how to go about the process of assessment with adolescents and 2) guidelines for developing new instruments in this area. A useful and clinically applicable text.”—M. David Rudd, Ph.D., ABPP, Texas Tech University, President, Texas Psychological Association, Past-President, American Association of Suicidology
“Extremely well done and quite thorough. The authors do an excellent job in walking the reader through the different facets of the book as well as providing understandable explanations of why psychometric properties are needed in the area of adolescent suicidology.”—James J. Mazza, PH.D., University of Washington
“A must-read for any school psychologist, guidance counselor, or mental health clinician who comes in contact with adolescents on a regular basis. This is a comprehensive, scholarly, and up-to-date review of empirically-based, suicide-related, self-report instruments that should be part of the armamentarium of tools for the assessment of at-risk adolescents.”—Morton M. Silverman, M.D., University of Chicago
Suicide and suicide attempts among adolescents are significant public health problems. Consequently, identifying at-risk youth in time to provide intervention not only helps to prevent suicides and suicide-related injuries but improves young persons’ overall quality of life and increases the chances for healthy and productive lives. Believing that adolescent suicide can be prevented, Gutierrez and Osman have developed a set of tools for assessing suicide risk, designed especially for adolescents. In contrast to the most common assessments that focus solely on risk factors, these tools measure both risk and protective factors in order to predict more accurately the probability of suicide and suicide-related behaviors. This guide is designed to enable nonspecialists as well as professional clinicians, researchers, school psychologists, and other school-based professionals to select appropriate assessment tools and to evaluate the results.
(2008) 224 pp.
Peter M. Gutierrez is a Research Psychologist with the Denver VA’s Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center.
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