Psychosocial Intervention Psychosocial Intervention
Psychosocial Intervention 24 (2015) 155-65 - Vol. 24 No.3 DOI: 10.1016/j.psi.2015.07.005
Strengthening suicide prevention networks: Interorganizational collaboration and tie strength
Fortalecimiento de las redes de prevención del suicidio: colaboración interorganizativa y fuerza del lazo
Lauren Marie Mengera,, , Lorann Stallonesa, , Jennifer Eileen Crossb, , Kimberly Lynn Henrya, , Peter Yu Chenc,
a Department of Psychology, Colorado State University, USA
b Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, USA
c Department of Psychology, Auburn University, USA
Received 10 July 2015, Accepted 24 July 2015
Abstract

One explanation for the continued high rates of suicide in the United States may be insufficient coordination between organizations involved in prevention. Therefore, the factors that promote interorganizational collaboration should be identified and fostered. Surveys were administered to 37 organizations involved in suicide prevention in one Colorado community to: (1) assess the nature of collaboration and (2) identify relationship strength indicators associated with different types of collaboration. Results were examined using social network and regression analyses. Organizations reported more sharing information and resources and sending and receiving referrals than developing service infrastructure and coordinating training and screening activities. Some types of organizations were more connected than others, and the influence of relationship strength indicators was mostly consistent across different types of collaboration. This study offers new insight into the structural and relational aspects of interorganizational collaboration in suicide prevention and may serve as a model to better understand networks within other community health settings.

Keywords
  • Suicide prevention
  • Interorganizational collaboration
  • Social network analysis
  • Tie strength
  • Community safety net
Resumen

Una explicación de la continuidad de las altas tasas de suicido en los Estados Unidos puede ser la insuficiente coordinación entre las organizaciones que participan en su prevención. En consecuencia debemos identificar y fomentar aquellos factores que promueven la colaboración entre organizaciones. Se encuestaron 37 organizaciones implicadas en la prevención del suicido en una comunidad de Colorado para (1) evaluar la naturaleza de la colaboración y (2) identificar indicadores de la fortaleza de las relaciones asociados con los diferentes tipos de colaboración. Los resultados se examinaron con análisis de redes sociales y análisis de regresión. En la relación entre las organizaciones fue más frecuente el intercambio de información y recursos, así como la derivación de usuarios, que el desarrollo de la infraestructura de los servicios, la coordinación de la formación o las actividades de detección. Unos tipos de organización estaban más conectadas que otras, y la influencia de los indicadores de intensidad de la relación eran en su mayor parte consistentes en los diferentes tipos de colaboración. Este estudio ofrece una nueva visión de los aspectos estructurales y relacionales de la colaboración interinstitucional en la prevención del suicidio y puede servir de modelo para entender mejor las redes en otros entornos comunitarios de salud.

Keywords
  • Prevención del suicidio
  • Colaboración interorganizativa
  • Análisis de redes sociales
  • Fortaleza del lazo
  • Red de prevención comunitaria
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Acknowledgements

This research was made possible by funds provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment: Office of Suicide Prevention grant number SM059168-03 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not primarily represent the official views of SAMHSA.

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