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In this chapter, the authors first provide a brief overview of 3 major reviews of suicide assessment scales published in the past 12 years focusing on reliability & validity based on group or aggregate data. Next, they present an argument supporting the importance of the relational context as a mechanism for enhancing the reliability & validity of data collected via suicide assessment scales in clinical work. Finally, an example is offered of a clinical assessment protocol that incorporates the relational context in the assessment process &, thereby, increases the potential to derive reliable & valid data from suicide assessment scales at the individual level. (71 refs.)