Year: 2014 Source: Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.(2010).41(3):221-227.doi: 10.1037/a0018712 SIEC No: 20140135

The historical and contemporary uses of the term are explored and clinical, research, and training implications are discussed. Clinicians and researchers are strongly encouraged to consider discontinuing the use of the term suicide gesture in light of its associated dismissive connotations and inconsistent application in clinical practice and research. In lieu of the term suicide gesture, recommendations are made regarding an increased emphasis by clinicians and researchers on more precise descriptions of suicidal behaviors and the functional assessment of suicide-related behaviors.

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