Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Stephanie Felgoise, Ph.D., ABPP

First Advisor

Susan M. Panichelli Mindel, PhD

Second Advisor

Robert DiTomasso, Ph.D., ABPP

Third Advisor

Jacquelyn D'Amico, Psy. D


Suicidality is a health concern among adolescents. Approximately, one million people attempt suicide each year and it is the second leading cause of death for those aged 10 to 19. Inpatient hospitalizations may be beneficial for individuals who pose a danger to themselves or others since it provides a safe environment for the individual to receive individualized care. Many individuals who have been admitted for psychiatric inpatient hospitalization have suicidal ideations or attempts. The Child and Adolescent Behavior Assessment-Youth Scale (CABA-Y) explores an individual’s stressors and problem behaviors that may be contributing to the reasons for hospitalization. While inpatient, some individuals may receive individual therapy in addition to group therapy based on their needs and mental health concerns. This quantitative study utilized archival data from an inpatient psychiatric center to explore the relationship between aggression, sexual acting out, impulsivity, and suicidal ideation and attempts among adolescents aged 13 to 17. It was found that the more impulsive behaviors an adolescent engaged in, the more they engaged in sexually acting out behaviors and aggression through physical fights. However, these behaviors were not predictive of suicidal ideations or attempts.

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