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Exploring the Interpersonal Communication Aspects of Suicide: A Research Agenda for Communi-Suicidology
Unformatted Document Text:  Interpersonal Communication Aspects of Suicide 10 (Handwerk et al., p. 412). Kovacs, Beck, & Weissman (1976) found that subjects who communicated suicidal intent “did no differ from the ‘noncommunicators’ on either the severity of overall suicidal intent or the extent to which they wanted to die” (p. 201). Isometsa et al. (1995) revealed “in only a minority of cases did the chain of events leading to a completed suicide seem to include the victim’s communication of his or her intent to commit suicide to a health care professional during the final appointment before death” (p. 921). They explained that this finding may be due to the fact that “communication of the intent is often followed by treatment and care, which may prevent suicide. The patients who die are likely to be those who did not tell anyone they were going to kill themselves” (p. 921). Rudestam (1971) found that among completed suicides, “62% of the victims were known to have made direct suicide threats at some time, the majority of which were made to relatives and close friends” (p. 86). Robins, Gassner, Kayes, Wilkinson, & Murphy (1959) determined “(1) the ways of communicating suicidal intent, (2) the frequency of such communication, [and] (3) to whom [the intent was] communicated” (p. 724). The most common communication was “a direct and specific statement of the intent to commit suicide (41% of the entire group)” (Robins et al., p. 725). “Almost two-thirds (65%) of the persons used more than one type

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Interpersonal Communication Aspects of Suicide 10
(Handwerk et al., p. 412). Kovacs, Beck, & Weissman (1976) found
that subjects who communicated suicidal intent “did no differ
from the ‘noncommunicators’ on either the severity of overall
suicidal intent or the extent to which they wanted to die” (p.
201).
Isometsa et al. (1995) revealed “in only a minority of cases
did the chain of events leading to a completed suicide seem to
include the victim’s communication of his or her intent to commit
suicide to a health care professional during the final
appointment before death” (p. 921). They explained that this
finding may be due to the fact that “communication of the intent
is often followed by treatment and care, which may prevent
suicide. The patients who die are likely to be those who did not
tell anyone they were going to kill themselves” (p. 921).
Rudestam (1971) found that among completed suicides, “62% of the
victims were known to have made direct suicide threats at some
time, the majority of which were made to relatives and close
friends” (p. 86).
Robins, Gassner, Kayes, Wilkinson, & Murphy (1959)
determined “(1) the ways of communicating suicidal intent, (2)
the frequency of such communication, [and] (3) to whom [the
intent was] communicated” (p. 724). The most common communication
was “a direct and specific statement of the intent to commit
suicide (41% of the entire group)” (Robins et al., p. 725).
“Almost two-thirds (65%) of the persons used more than one type


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