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Randomized Trial of Suicide Gatekeeper Training for Social Work Students

Title: Randomized Trial of Suicide Gatekeeper Training for Social Work Students.
Name(s): Jacobson, Jodi M., author
Osteen, Philip J., author
Sharpe, Tanya L., author
Pastoor, Jennifer B., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Problem: Education and research on social work's role in suicide prevention is limited. Methods: Seventy advanced MSW students were randomly assigned to either the training group (Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) suicide gatekeeper training) or the control group. Outcomes measured over time included suicide knowledge, attitudes toward suicide prevention, self-efficacy, and skills. Results: Interaction effects suggest improvement among the intervention group with knowledge, efficacy to perform the gatekeeper role, and skills. Both groups improved over time for reluctance to engage with clients at risk for suicide, referral and gatekeeper behaviors. The intervention group reported improved knowledge of resources and perceived preparedness. Conclusion: The QPR training is appropriate for social workers. Suggestions for enhancing the training and future research are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_csw_faculty_publications-0056 (IID), 10.1177/1049731511436015 (DOI)
Keywords: suicide prevention, gatekeeper training, social work, students
Note: This is the peer reviewed authors' manuscript as it was accepted for publication in Research on Social Work Practice. The final version of record is available at'>">
Citation: Jacobson, J.M., Osteen, P.J., Sharpe, T.L., & Pastoor, J.B. (2012). Randomized trial of suicide gatekeeper training for social work students. Research on Social Work Practice, 22(3), 270-281.
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: College of Social Work Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Research on Social Work Practice.
Issue: 3, 22

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Jacobson, J. M., Osteen, P. J., Sharpe, T. L., & Pastoor, J. B. (2012). Randomized Trial of Suicide Gatekeeper Training for Social Work Students. Research On Social Work Practice. Retrieved from