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Nowhere to Turn? Know WHERE to turn: Why suicidal college students do not seek help. A design thinking exploration.

Price, Robin (2017) Nowhere to Turn? Know WHERE to turn: Why suicidal college students do not seek help. A design thinking exploration. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine college suicide and why college students often do not seek help for suicidal ideation. Help negation is a complex issue that warranted further investigation. As college suicide is a wicked problem, we used design-thinking strategies to explore this subject. This qualitative study was designed to examine college suicide as a social problem therefore ethnographic methods such as workshops with college students, as they are stakeholders, and interviews with gatekeepers- in this case counseling clinicians were conducted. We used the design thinking strategies of concept sorting, to help in the literature search, problem tree analysis to examine cause and effect and affinity clustering to look for repeated themes and organize the data into categories. We met with six clinicians for one-on-one interviews, and based on that collected data we used affinity clustering with another group of gatekeepers- three college professors who looked for topics that emerged from the interviews. Based these design thinking strategy outcomes, a prototype of a curriculum unit for a freshman suicide prevention module was created. From our research, we found that stigma, shame and lack of awareness are the main reasons students often do not seek help.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Robin Price
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 20:53
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 20:53
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/399

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