Year: 2002 Source: Death Studies, v.26, no.4, (May 2002), p.325-341 SIEC No: 20031067

A total of 334 college-age students (18-19 years) participated in a study investigating the role of empathy in perceptions of & responsiveness toward a hypothetical friend exhibiting symptoms associated with suicide risk. The findings underscore the importance of considering social-cognitive factors that may influence perceptions of at-risk behaviors. The implications of the findings for the development of primary prevention & intervention efforts are discussed. (33 refs)