Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Amy Brausch, Aaron Wichman, Jenni Teeters

Degree Program

Department of Psychological Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


Among adolescents, the rates of suicide thoughts and behaviors continue to increase (CDC, 2019). Previous research has largely relied on self-report of suicide risk, but implicit association tasks (IAT) for death and suicide have been developed and used with adolescents as an alternative way to assess for suicide risk (Nock, 2007). The death/suicide IAT has been found to significantly predict future suicide thoughts and behaviors in adolescents (Glenn, 2019). Much of the research currently done using the D/S-IAT has been conducted with clinical samples. The current study aimed to replicate and extend current findings about the utility of the D/S-IAT in an adolescent sample by utilizing a community sample of high school students and assessing the predictive ability of the D/S-IAT for explicit suicide ideation. Results indicated that the D/S-IAT approached significance (p = .053) for contributing to the predictive ability of the model. Results also indicated that baseline scores were not correlated with scores at 6-month follow-up.


Child Psychology | Clinical Psychology | Community Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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