Year: 1995 Source: Crisis, v.16, no.3, (1995), p.98-99 SIEC No: 19950634

The problems of definitions as they apply to suicidology are discussed. Borderline suicidal behaviours highlight the definition problem. A study that found little concensus among psychiatrists regarding clinical diagnosis is briefly discussed. It is concluded that scientific research in suicidology cannot advance until common definitions & rating scales are found. It is proposed that the International Association for Suicide Prevention convene a series of meetings to address these issues.