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Connectedness and Suicide Prevention in Adolescents: Pathways and Implications

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  • Janis Whitlock MPH, PhD,

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    1. Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
    2. Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
    • Address correspondence to Janis Whitlock, Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research (BCTR), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853; E-mail: jlw43@cornell.edu

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  • Peter A. Wyman PhD,

    1. University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Rochester, NY, USA
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  • Sarah R. Moore MA

    1. Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
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  • Funding for the paper was provided by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, R01 CE001882-01 (Kenneth Conner, PI). Dr. Conner provided input when the paper was being conceptualized and commented on an earlier draft.

Abstract

Adolescent suicide is a major public health concern. Stressing the need for public health–based solutions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified “connectedness” as one means of pursuing this agenda. To advance this effort in suicide prevention with adolescents, (1) consistencies and variation in the literature overtly linking connectedness to suicide thoughts and behaviors (STB) are reviewed, (2) three more specific mechanistic pathways are proposed whereby connectedness may influence STB, and (3) several implications related to use of connectedness as a public health framework for adolescent suicide prevention and intervention are outlined.

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