Year: 1972 Source: Comprehensive Psychiatry, v.13, no.6, (1972), p.555-560 SIEC No: 19820595

Contends that the suicide prevention movement, which has spread widely in the US since it began in the 1950s, has been ineffective in dealing with actual suicidal behavior of Americans. Prevention centers provide a useful service by counselling distressed individuals but their work is chiefly intervention and postvention, not prevention. Available data indicate that the type of individual most likely to kill himself does not usually call a prevention center.