Skills to Enhance Positive Affect in Suicidal Adolescents


The prevalence of suicidal behaviors in adolescents remains unacceptably high and is a significant public health concern. The investigators propose a new treatment approach in which skills to increase positive emotions are taught to the most vulnerable at-risk adolescents, those admitted to an inpatient psychiatric unit due to suicide risk. The investigators believe that teaching skills to increase positive emotions will lead to better problem-solving, increased social support, and other benefits which will serve as protective factors and decrease suicide risk.

Study Start Date

August 2013

Estimated Completion Date

September 2016


  • Behavioral: Treatment as Usual
  • Behavioral: Positive Affect Skills Training


  • Internal Medicine: Adol/Youth Medicine,Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry: Child/Adolescent Psych,Mood Disorders

MeSH Terms

  • Suicide Ideation
  • Suicidec

Study ID

Brown University -- R34 MH101272



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Study Type


Trial Phase


Enrollment Quota



Brown University

Inclusion Criteria

  • current hospital admission due to concern of suicide risk
  • ability of patient to speak, read, and understand English sufficiently well to complete the procedures of the study
  • living at home

Exclusion Criteria

  • active psychotic disorder
  • cognitive deficits that preclude full understanding of study materials
  • adolescents who have become wards of the state and do not intend to return to the home of their biological or adoptive parents




12 Years to 18 Years

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Study Locations and Contact Information (1)

Study Location Distance Name Phone Email
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