Using The Theory Of Planned Behavior To Predict Clinician’s Intention To Use CALM

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Caitlin Marie Smith (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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John-Paul Jameson

Abstract: The problem of suicide continues to be on the rise in the United States, and as a result, research on preventative measures is also on the rise. Means reduction or reducing the access to methods of suicide for a suicidal client, has proven to be an effective way to prevent suicide. Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) takes the concept of means reduction and develops it into a tool that mental health clinicians can use to counsel clients experiencing a suicidal crisis. Additionally, the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) can be used to predict the intentions that an individual will participate in a certain behavior. As such, this study seeks to utilize TPB to determine whether it is possible to predict the intentions a clinician may have to use CALM after being trained in it. The components of TPB were measured in a sample of CALM trained clinicians in order to develop a predictive model. The predictive model determined that TBP does not predict intention to use CALM training in this sample. These results did not support the initial hypothesis meaning that TBD does not predict clinician’s intention to use CALM training. Despite this participant scores indicate that they are highly motivated to use CALM which furthers the idea that it is an effective way to prevent suicide.

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Honors Project
Smith, C. (2020). Using The Theory Of Planned Behavior To Predict Clinician’s Intention To Use CALM. Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2020
CALM, Theory of Planned Behavior, Suicide

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