Year: 2004 Source: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, v.34, no.1, (Spring 2004), p.7-22 SIEC No: 20040835

The empirical data on the relationship between suicide & suicide attempts are interpreted as suggesting that the contemporary assessment & intervention approaches to suicidal individuals are, by & large, ineffective. The authors focus on the crisis intervention model as one example & suggest that the crisis intervention approach to responding to suicidal patients is at best, ineffective &, at worst, can be viewed as exacerbating suicidal risk through its distancing, marginalizing, & stigmatizing effects. An alternative approach is then presented. (41 refs)