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The Impact of Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention on University Resident Assistants


  • This research was supported by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Grant 1H79SM057821-01).

concerning this article should be addressed to Deborah J. Taub, Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1300 Spring Garden Street, Greensboro, NC 27402 (e-mail:


Resident assistants (RAs) can serve as important suicide prevention gatekeepers. The purpose of the study was to determine if training improved RAs’ crisis communications skills and suicide-related knowledge and to determine if the knowledge elements predicted crisis communications skills. New RAs showed significant improvement in all areas from pretest to posttest, whereas returning RAs showed no significant increase in any of the areas. None of the knowledge areas predicted communications skills for either group.