Year: 1993 Source: Death Studies, v.17, no.2, (March-April 1993), p.143-149 SIEC No: 19930905

To see if specific circumstances encourage or discourage helpful responses to suicide threats, 141 undergraduates read a 1-paragraph vignette abaout a suicidal person with either AIDS, depression, drug abuse, anxiety, or adjustment problems. Students then wrote 5 responses, which on average were mildly unhelpful regardless of circumstance. Results suggests that, for suicidal persons, revealing life circumstances fails to engender increased empathy in college students. (15 refs.)