Year: 1994 Source: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, v.8, no.6, (December 1994), p.366-372 SIEC No: 19950790

Psychiatric inpatient suicides have unique features compared with suicides that occur among outpatients. A number of factors play a role in determining whether inpatients will kill themselves. Central to suicide is ambivalence. Several factors influence ambivalence: interactions with professionals, environmental safeguards, biological therapies, & external support & the patients’ perception of these factors. A proposed model is presented as grounding for further exploration of this process.