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Suicide Threat

Relating the bulleted points in the Risk Sensitive Populations introduction to this section, studies can focus on individuals who are (or have been) suicidal, they can include individuals who are or have been suicidal but suicide is not the topic of the study, or the researcher inadvertently learns of suicidal thoughts or feelings during his interaction with the participant. For the first two scenarios, it is important to consider the points in the How do I include a risk-sensitive population section and apply these to your protocol and procedures. In addition, specific concerns related to this group are described in the Including suicidal or previously suicidal participants in a study.

The remaining pages in this section cover how to report a suicide threat if you encounter it while conducting your study. If your study involves at-risk participants, especially if you are working intimately with them, there is always the possibility that you could learn about a suicide threat. It is important to make yourself aware of the signs of suicidal tendencies, your reporting responsibilities, and where to report any suspicion. If you are working with an at-risk population, you will need to demonstrate that you are qualified and capable of working with this population.

Section Topics

Including Suicidal and Previously Suicidal Participants in a Study
Reporting a Suicide Threat

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