Date of Award
Master of Arts - School Psychology
Dr. Daniel McCleary
Dr. Luis Aggerrevere
Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey
Dr. Leah Kahn
Teacher preparation programs have a responsibility to prepare future teachers to teach
and mentor students through their academic years. With the rise of suicide in school age children, responsibility has fallen to teachers to better recognize and understand students who may be suicidal. This study sought to answer the question: to what degree does teaching certification, teaching experience, and suicide awareness embedded coursework predict preservice teachers’ knowledge of suicide awareness and prevention? Data from the Adolescent Suicide Behavior Questionnaire and a demographic survey which asked about participants’ preservice training was sent to universities and colleges in Texas with an undergraduate teacher preparation program. It was found that Texas preservice teachers have less knowledge and awareness of suicide than participants in other regions. Furthermore, preservice teachers seeking a secondary (middle level or high school) teaching certification were more knowledgeable about adolescent suicide than elementary certification seekers.
Johnson, Annette N., "Preservice Teachers Knowledge of Adolescent Suicide" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 286.
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