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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 7 communication between two people. Based on Miraldi’s (2001) original model of communi-suicidology, small group, public, personal-mediated, mass media, and other forms of communication should also be further delineated in the future. A secondary purpose of this model, and third purpose of this paper, is to highlight areas that require new or extended research. The currently proposed Interpersonal Model of Communi- Suicidology (see Appendix) illustrates the types of interpersonal communication concerning suicide that may take place between an ‘individual’ and another person such as a family member, friend, crisis worker, etc. Note that the ‘individual’ in this model is not necessarily suicidal. This is important for two reasons: first, it indicates all individuals are susceptible to suicidality, or feeling suicidal; and second, it implies all individuals can experience varying degrees of suicidality. This suicidality continuum can range from high, to moderate, to low, or may not be applicable (N/A) as indicated in the model. The individual’s level of suicidality is directly linked with his or her suicidal intent, or plan to engage in suicidal behavior. Information Exchange Step A of the model (see Appendix) represents the basic exchange of information. This information may include basic values of life, morals, laws, etc. Notice that this, as well as all of the other exchanges can be positive, negative, or neutral, and even contradictory at times. For example, a parent may teach

Authors: Miraldi, Peter.
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Interpersonal Communication Aspects of Suicide 7
communication between two people. Based on Miraldi’s (2001)
original model of communi-suicidology, small group, public,
personal-mediated, mass media, and other forms of communication
should also be further delineated in the future. A secondary
purpose of this model, and third purpose of this paper, is to
highlight areas that require new or extended research.
The currently proposed Interpersonal Model of Communi-
Suicidology (see Appendix) illustrates the types of interpersonal
communication concerning suicide that may take place between an
‘individual’ and another person such as a family member, friend,
crisis worker, etc. Note that the ‘individual’ in this model is
not necessarily suicidal. This is important for two reasons:
first, it indicates all individuals are susceptible to
suicidality, or feeling suicidal; and second, it implies all
individuals can experience varying degrees of suicidality. This
suicidality continuum can range from high, to moderate, to low,
or may not be applicable (N/A) as indicated in the model. The
individual’s level of suicidality is directly linked with his or
her suicidal intent, or plan to engage in suicidal behavior.
Information Exchange
Step A of the model (see Appendix) represents the basic
exchange of information. This information may include basic
values of life, morals, laws, etc. Notice that this, as well as
all of the other exchanges can be positive, negative, or neutral,
and even contradictory at times. For example, a parent may teach


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