Year: 1992 Source: New York: The Guilford Press, 1992. p.625-639 SIEC No: 19930318

This chapter makes a case for eliminating the phrase “prediction of suicide” from terminology used to assess an individual’s suicide risk. The optimal approach uses both “clinical” & “empirical” methods of assessment. Modifying issues, eg. the roles of intuition, time, strengths, chronicity, statistical & clinical significance, paradigm, therapist differences, & individual uniqueness, are discussed. Eclecticism in approach is essential as individuals communicate in a variety of ways. (22 Refs.)