Year: 1986 Source: Journal of Family Therapy, v.8, (1986), p.243-252 SIEC No: 19861475

Twenty families are observed during the 1st interview for family therapy. In families where suicidal behaviour occurs there are 3 variables which distinguish them from families where no such behaviour occurs: 1) the threat of immediate breakup of the family relationship ie. someone is about to leave, 2) a situation of mutual negative connotation where no matter what anyone tries to do it is seen as ‘wrong’, 3) a tradition of symptoms being used at times of crisis to keep the family together.