child suicide, pediatric primary care, screening tools, youth suicide, pediatric suicide, pediatric psychiatry, pediatric mental health


Few suicide screening instruments are specifically designed for the 5 to 14 year-old age group. This paper reviews five currently available suicide screening tools that might be appropriate for use with children, evaluates the quality of these tools, and recommends which tools might be useful in primary care practice. To detect and prevent child suicide, primary care nurse practitioners must be committed to child-centered care, recognize that suicidal thoughts and behaviors can develop early in life, identify pertinent state and trait risk factors in children, have knowledge about the quality of available screening tools, and facilitate specialty care services.


The College of Nursing showcases some of our best evidence based scholarly papers from graduate students in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. The papers address relevant clinical problems for advance practice nurses and are based on the best evidence available. Using a systematic approach students critically analyze and synthesize the research studies to determine the strength of the evidence regarding the clinical problem. Based on the findings, recommendations are made for clinical practice. The papers are published in professional journals and presented at professional meetings.

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