Year: 1981 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.12, no.3, (1982), p.176-184 SIEC No: 19830364

Within the authoritative role, the telephone counselor engages the caller in realistic talk of dying in an effort to reinstate control. Anxiety reduction is accomplished through problem clarification. Narrowing down open negative statements reduces diffuse anxiety, while reinterpreting events reduces energized anxiety. A model is presented for pursuing alternatives & a technique of interrogative restating to broaden resources. Time-outs are posited for stymied intervention.