Date of Award:

1-1-1991

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Advisor/Chair:

Thomas R. Lee

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to provide a descriptive evaluation of Jordan School District's riskline as a step toward assessing the effectiveness of education - sponsored suicide risklines. The riskline received over 1000 calls from mid 1988 to mid 1989 for a variety o f problem areas. Demographics and risk assessment f or the c alls relating to suicide are presented and evaluated . The findings indicate that risk assessment is independent of all variables considered except the age of the counselor and the grade o f the caller . The number of calls is independent of every variable considered except the grade level of the caller, the sex of t he caller, and the person in whose behalf the caller is calling. Approximately 59% of the calls with the grade recorded came from people beyond high school age, 75% of the calls came from females, and 55% of the calls came from people stating that they were calling for someone other than themselves.

Risk assessment was found to be related to the age of the counselor and the grade of the caller with the call s assessed as "high risk" coming from those beyond high school age and assessed by older counselors. The number of calls was found to be related to the grade and sex of the caller, as well as the person in whose behalf the caller was calling. Higher numbers of calls came from those beyond high school age, from females, and from people stating that t hey were calling in behalf of someone other than themselves.