Year: 1984 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.14, no.1, (Spring 1984), p.36-51 SIEC No: 19842538

Patterson and Reid’s formulation of coercive versus reciprocal control offers a theoretical model for understanding both parasuicide and nontherapeutic exchanges between treatment staff and repeat suicide attempters. An interpersonal treatment program, derived from the Patterson & Reid formulation, which has been consistently associated with positive changes in the course of hospitalization for moderate-risk inpatients, is outlined, followed by a case illustration & discussion of the treatment.