Suicide and emotional/behavioral issues among youth: Theoretical and methodological reflections

Submission Deadline: 15 February 2023 Submit to Special Issue

Guest Editors

Hayoung Kim Donnelly
Research and Teaching Fellow, Department of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development, Boston University

Biography: Ms. Hayoung Kim Donnelly (M.A) is a research/teaching fellow and doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development at Boston University and currently working at the Center for Future Readiness. Her main research interests are machine learning, quantitative research methods, suicide, mental health, risk behaviors, social support, resilience, and career readiness of adolescents and emerging adults. She has published multiple peer-reviewed research papers as a leading author and served as a reviewer in several academic journals. More information can be found at www.linkedin.com/in/hayoungkimdonnelly

Dr. V. Scott H. Solberg
Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development, Boston University

Biography: Dr. V. Scott Solberg is a professor at Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development at Boston University and Vice President of the Research of Coalition of Career Development Center. He is working internationally and nationally on the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective career development programs and services for especially high-need, high-risk youth populations, including youth with disabilities. His publications, reports, and curriculum translate career development research into practice and policy strategies that are being used by state leaders around the United States to guide their career development implementation and policy efforts and by districts and schools to construct K-12 career development programs and services. More information can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/vscottsolberg/

Dr. Kimberly A. S. Howard
Associate Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development, Boston University

Biography: Dr. Kimberly A. S. Howard is an associate professor at Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development at Boston University. Dr. Howard’s research focuses on the career development process of children and youth, particularly as it is shaped by social class, gender, and race/ethnicity. She is interested in factors that promote vocational development and resilience and the reasoning processes used by children and youth to understand career development processes. Further, Dr. Howard studies STEM career development in children and youth. She is currently serving as the PI on an NSF ITEST project investigating the role that a middle school network science and career development curriculum plays in advancing both science learning and STEM-related career goal formation. More information can be found at https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberly-howard-8a427364/

Summary

Emotional and behavioral issues of youth are a growing international public health concern. Unlike in other age groups, suicide has been the leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults. The worldwide increase of other emotional (e.g., depression and anxiety) and behavioral issues (e.g., substance use and delinquency) has been actively discussed together with youth suicide.


A number of theoretical frameworks in suicide and emotional and behavioral problems have explored the mechanism and cause of these issues. However, limited theories have been validated with youth samples and few studies considered diverse backgrounds and cultures of youth across the world. Therefore, it is imperative that we examine the applicability of existing theories to diverse groups of youth across the world. Ultimately, discussing the design of culturally sensitive policies and interventions is needed to promote the long-term positive development of youth.


The aim of this special issue is to provide evidence and insights into research on suicidal, emotional, and behavioral problems of youth with the application of theories and innovative research methodologies. This issue considers “youth” broadly and expansively with the social and psychological definition of adolescence and young adulthood (e.g., development of identity and independence), as well as the biological definition of youth (e.g., from teenagers to late 20s). This special issue mainly focuses on suicide behaviors across different populations and varied contexts but is not limited to this topic. Articles on any important and rising issues with emotional and behavioral problems among youth are also encouraged to be submitted.


We welcome theoretical and empirical papers in social science research including psychology, education, social work, and public health. We especially seek articles that employ novel, innovative, and creative methodological approaches as far too little attention has been paid to these approaches in psychological and educational research compared to other areas in social science, such as economics and politics.


We seek academic papers that have theoretical and methodological contributions to the following topics.


● Important and rising issues in youth suicidal (e.g., suicidal ideation, planning, attempts), emotional (e.g., depression, anxiety), and behavioral problems (e.g, substance use, delinquent behaviors).

● Identification of risk and protective factors of suicidal, emotional, and behavioral issues from any youth groups across the world.

● Validation of theories by using the data from any youth groups across the world.

● Application of any innovative research designs in youth research.

● Culturally and contextually sensitive designs of policy and intervention.


Keywords

Youth, suicide, emotional problems, behavioral problems, theoretical approach, innovative research methods.

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