Year: 1993 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.23, no.1, (Spring 1993), p.27-36 SIEC No: 19930240

A naive understanding of multiple causation can lead to needless arguments about what “really” causes suicide & pointless debate about the “right” point for preventive intervention. O’Carroll reviews several simple conceptual models of multiple causation as they relate to suicide prevention. He suggests that a more explicit understanding of the nature of multiple causation has the potential to obviate some of these misguided arguments & to facilitate cooperative prevention efforts. (7 refs.)