Year: 1982 Source: American Journal of Nursing, v.82, (July 1982), p.1106-1111 SIEC No: 19850838

This article presents the case history of a 36-year-old man who committed suicide the day following psychiatric evaluation & the decision not to admit him to hospital. The author states assessing suicide risk is aided by an understanding of 2 concepts central to the process of self-destruction–ambivalence & communication. Other information essential to an assessment includes presence of a suicide plan, a history of previous attempts & the resources & communication with significant others. (NBB)