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Chad E. Morrow, Craig J. Bryan & Kathryn Kanzler Appolonio

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Chapter 2: Empirically Based Assessment of Suicide Risk*

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Empirically Based Assessment of Suicide Risk*
Empirically based assessment of suicide risk
Chad E.Morrow, Craig J.Bryan and Kathryn KanzlerAppolonio

It is almost a certainty that mental health professionals will, at some point, be required to evaluate a patient having some form of suicidality (i.e., suicidal thoughts, following a suicide attempt or someone with a history of multiple attempts). Suicidality is the most frequently encountered emergency situation in mental health settings (Buzan and Weissberg, 1992) and is the most anxiety-provoking clinical scenario for practitioners (Pope and Tabachnick, 1993; Rudd, 2006). Approximately one-quarter of all psychologists will experience suicide by a patient at some point in their careers (Chemtob et al., 1988a; Pope and Tabachnick, 1993), as will nearly 50 percent of psychiatrists (Chemtob et al., 1988b) and 23 ...

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