About the Life is Precious Evaluation Project
This project is part of the Prevention of Suicidal Behavior in Diverse Populations initiative at the NYSPI Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, which supports the New York Office of Mental Health’s goal of reducing suicide in diverse populations.
With grant funding from New York Community Trust (NYCT), the current project is conducting a control trial in 4 boroughs to determine the effectiveness of Comunilife’s Life is Precious ™ in reducing suicidal ideation and behavior, improving school performance, and enhancing family relationships among Latina adolescents.
This project is comparing the effectiveness of standard outpatient mental health treatment with Comunilife’s Life is Precious ™ clubhouse model versus outpatient mental health treatment alone.
Participants of the Life is Precious ™ program are Latina adolescents at risk for suicidal behavior (e.g. history of recent suicide attempt, suicidal ideation) and be under the care of a clinician for mental health treatment.
The project has developed the following intervention tools to support the implementation and replicability of the model: Life is Precious (LIP) Program Manual, a Fidelity Manual and Assessment and a Training Activity Guide.
Humensky, J. L., Gil, R. M., Mazzula, S., Diaz, S., & Lewis-Fernández, R. (2017). Life is Precious: Views of adolescents and their mothers on methods to reduce suicidal behavior in Latinas. The Journal of School Nursing, 33(6), 426-433. doi:10.1177/1059840517722590. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28750573.
Humensky, J. L., Coronel, B., Gil, R. M., Mazzula, S., Lewis-Fernandez, R. (2017). Life is Precious: A community-based program to reduce suicidal behavior in Latina adolescents. Archives of Suicide Research, 21(4), 659-671. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2016.
Humensky, J. L., Gil, R., Coronel, B., Cifre, R., Mazzula, S., & Lewis-Fernández, R. (2013). Life is Precious: Reducing suicidal behavior in Latinas. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, 6(2/3), 54-61. doi:10.1108/eihsc-10-2013-0027. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EIHSC-10-2013-0027.
Humensky, J. L. (2019). Life is Precious: A mixed methods evaluation. Oral presentation at the ADAA 2019 39th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.
Humensky, J. L., Gil, R. M. (2018). Life is Precious: A mixed methods evaluation. Oral presentation at the 5th World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry, New York, NY.
Humensky, J. L., Nicasio A.V., Cabassa, L. J., & Lewis-Fernández, R, (2012). Risk factors for suicidal behaviors among Latina adolescents: A systematic literature review. Poster presentation at the Academy Health Behavioral Health Interest Group, Orlando, FL.
Nicasio, AV., Humensky, J. L., Cabassa, L. J., & Lewis-Fernández, R, (2012). Risk factors for suicidal behaviors among Latina adolescents: A systematic literature review. Poster presentation at the 5th Biennial National Latina/o Psychological Association, New Brunswick, NJ.
Life is Precious
Boston Road Medical Center
We invite you to read our Cultural Competence Matters reports on this topic:
- Suicidal ideation and behavior among Latina adolescents”
- “Ideas y conductas suicidas en adolescentes Latinas”
You may see all our periodic Cultural Competence Matters reports here: Cultural Competence Matters.
To see an alphabetical list of all the projects being conducted at our Center, please click here: Research projects at the CECC.