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Feasibility and acceptability of a brief suicide intervention for youth involved with the family court.

Kemp K, Pederson CA, Webb M, Williamson S, Elwy AR, Spirito A. Feasibility and acceptability of a brief suicide intervention for youth involved with the family court. Behavioral Sciences & The Law. 2021 Feb 1; 39(1):26-43.

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As efforts to develop models for suicide prevention and intervention in the juvenile justice (JJ) system continue to grow, research to understand the feasibility and acceptability of implementing these models is critical. Examining organizational readiness for implementation, ensuring leadership and staff buy-in for delivering the intervention, and planning for sustainability of staff participation in implementation efforts is essential. The current study involved semi-structured formative evaluation interviews with key JJ stakeholders (n  =  10) to determine perspectives on the acceptability (perceived need and fit of the intervention) and feasibility (organizational readiness for change) of a proposed brief safety planning intervention for youth with suicidal ideation delivered by nonclinical staff and integrated into the existing system. Qualitative data revealed stakeholders'' perceived need for the intervention in the family court context and their agreement that the aims of the intervention were congruent with the goals of the family court. Some barriers to successful implementation were noted, which, addressed through selection of appropriate implementation strategies, can be overcome in a future test of the safety intervention.

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