Year: 2001 Source: Jail Suicide/Mental Health Update, v.10, no.2, (Spring 2001), p.1-2 SIEC No: 20091098

This article discusses the challenges that face jail officials & staff when an inmate’s behaviour is perceived as being manipulative. Research evidence clearly suggests all threats or acts of self-injury should be treated as potential suicidal behaviour. The case history of an adult female is used to illustrate the dangers of making assumptions about intent. It is suggested that punitive measures such as isolation are not an appropriate response to self-destructive behaviours or threats; other preventative strategies are offered. (3 refs.)