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Suicide is a term often used with reference to an intentional, self-inflicted act resulting in one’s own death. However, the concept of suicide encapsulates thoughts (ideation), objectives (intent), and behaviors (action) related to self-harm or self-inflicted death. Research and theories on suicide have established a clear relation between ideation, intent, action, and completed suicide, yet it remains difficult to accurately predict who will and will not complete suicide. Despite this, suicidal intent is recognized as an important consideration when completing a suicide risk assessment. This entry defines suicidal intent, discusses the desire for death and estimate of effectiveness, and focuses on the assessment of suicidal intent.

Desire for Death and Estimate of Effectiveness

Suicidal intent represents the seriousness and intensity of one’s desire to end one’s ...

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