Year: 2001 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.31, no.4, (Winter 2001), p.397-404 SIEC No: 20020321

Suicide is stigmatized, so suicidal people may be especially hard to accept. To see if moderately suicidal outpatients were more accepting of a suicidal person than never-suicidal or severely suicidal outpatients, 105 respondents completed measures of suicidality, depression, acceptance, & empathy. A curvilinear ANCOVA was nonsignificant but a linear ANCOVA significantly adjusted for depression, & indicated unexpectedly, that net of depression, never-suicidal people were more accepting of a suicidal person than moderately or severely suicidal people. Empathy & acceptance were moderately related. An implication is that social support for suicidal individuals might best be obtained from those who were never suicidal themselves. (39 refs.)