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General Principles of Assessment

  • Ellen L. Bassuk


The mental health clinician frequently faces the challenging and worrisome task of evaluating suicidal patients both to determine the degree of risk and to develop an appropriate management and treatment plan.* Unfortunately, many individuals do not present with an explicit chief complaint related to suicide nor do they reveal their self-destructive intent. Thus, the evaluator should elicit information from all patients about suicidal thoughts and preoccupations and should be alert to indicators of increased risk.


Suicidal Thought Suicidal Patient Suicidal Intent Previous Suicide Attempt High Lethality 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen L. Bassuk
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA

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