Year: 2003 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.33, no.2, (Summer 2003), p.111-119 SIEC No: 20040642

Data from therapists who were treating patients when they killed themselves were used to provide information about precipitating events that was missing from accounts obtained from suicide victims’ relatives & friends. Among 26 patient suicides studied, the therapists identified a precipitating event in 25 cases; in 19 of these, supporting evidence linked the identified event to the suicide. A schema was developed that identifies 9 types of evidence provided by therapists in determining that an event precipitated the suicide. (11 refs)