Relationships between teamwork and suicidal behavior in Juvenile detention facilities using Bayesian networks

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Cogent Social Sciences


© 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). This open access article is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license. This study examines the importance of teamwork among correctional officers within juvenile detention facilities and its relation to preventing suicides among youth. The analysis is done using Probabilistic Structural Equations Models implemented within Bayesian Network (PSEM) conducted using BayesiaLab software. PSEM are used to find possible relationships among the different variables involved in this study and to learn more about the importance of teamwork and how it can help prevent suicides. Youth who are incarcerated are more likely to contemplate suicide due to isolation within the facilities, which could lead to changes in negative behavior. This behavior needs to be monitored and communicated among correctional officers in order to save lives. The results indicated that teamwork and communication are important deterrents to suicide prevention. Results show that the strongest the communication and teamwork among correctional officers, the less youth suicidal behavior.

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Ginger Silvera, Zayed University
Linda Smail, Zayed University