Parent Intervention for Psychiatrically-Hospitalized Youth


Trial ID: NCT04797455


The purpose of the present study is to conduct a pilot randomized clinical trial (RCT) of a parent coaching intervention for parents of youth hospitalized for suicidal ideation, suicide attempt(s), or non-suicidal self-injury. Parents will receive either the parent coaching intervention (which includes safety planning and behavioral parenting skills training with a clinician and assistance with linkage to follow-up care by a case manager) or treatment as usual (TAU) for the inpatient unit. The long-term goal of the research is to determine if augmenting standard inpatient treatment with additional parenting intervention improves youth treatment response on suicide-related outcomes (i.e., suicidal ideation, non-suicidal self-injury, and suicide attempts). The goal of this pilot RCT is to collect preliminary data needed for a larger RCT, including feasibility, acceptability, safety, tolerability, engagement of the presumed mechanism of change (changes in parent emotions and behaviors), and signal detection of any changes in youth suicide-related outcomes.

Official Title

Pilot Intervention for Parents of Psychiatrically-Hospitalized Youth

Stanford Investigator(s)


Inclusion criteria are:

   - youth is currently hospitalized on the Stanford unit at Mills Peninsula Medical
   Center, on the Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, for suicidal ideation and/or a
   suicide attempt.

   - youth is between the ages of 12-18 (18 year-old youth must still be in high school and
   living at home with parents for the duration of the study)

   - at least one parent/guardian is willing to participate in the study intervention

   - youth and parent speak English well enough to complete study treatment and assessments
   in English

Exclusion criteria are:

• the youth or parent has a psychiatric or medical condition that would interfere with
their ability to participate in study assessments and/or treatment (such as acute
psychosis, neurological impairment, malnutrition due to anorexia)


behavioral: DBT-Based Parenting Intervention

behavioral: Treatment as usual


Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305