Year: 2003 Source: NT Research, v.8, no.3, (2003), p.185-199 SIEC No: 20070140

This paper uses a case study approach to explores issues for mental health nurses in relating with suicidal patients. The phenomenon of malignant alienation is described. Case study methodology is used to answer whether such this can occur with regard to mental health nurses, to explore the process & malignant alienation in detail, & to identify causative & preventive factors. A case study is presented to demonstrate the process does occur & that a more positive approach by nurses to such patients can have therapeutic outcomes. (15 refs.)