University of New Hampshire
Health Management & Policy
Mentor: Marc D. Hiller, DrPH Associate Professor, Health Management & Policy
Attitudes of Suicide Among College Students
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and those aged 18-25 years old are more susceptible to the risk of committing suicide than non-college students of the same age.
The purpose of this research is to develop a pilot survey to investigate the susceptibility of UNH students to commit the suicide act and to assess the degree of which prevention and intervention efforts might address this issue. A final objective is to validate the high risk of suicide among college students who hold a homosexual orientation, and to facilitate more preventive efforts tailored to this population. An intensive literature review of suspected suicide risk factors of among college students, teenagers, and the general population was conducted to facilitate the development of a survey instrument. Interviews were conducted among UNH advising and counseling professionals pursuing how the university prevention and intervention programs address this behavior.
Based on reviewing the survey instruments completed by those students in the pilot study, the instrument will undergo a final revision to further enhance its readability, comprehension, completion and return rate.
The next step in this research will be the actual collection of data from a larger sampling of full-time registered UNH students during the fall semester 1997, data entry and extensive statistical analyses of the data collected using a computerized statistical package such as Minitab or SPSS. In addition to new findings that should result, comparisons will be made with those reported in other published studies. Finally, a series of recommendations will be generated and submitted to appropriate professionals on the student affairs (e.g., Health Services, Counseling Center, Residential Life) staff to aid in developing additional and/or more effective student preventive strategies.