Assessment and Intervention for the Suicidal Patient with Schizophrenia

Assessment and Intervention for the Suicidal Patient with Schizophrenia The risk for suicidal behavior in schizophrenia is high with 10–15% committing suicide and 20–40% making suicide attempts. Due to the chronicity and complexity of schizophrenia and the multi-determined nature of suicidal behavior, the clinician must utilize a biopsychosocial approach to assessment and intervention. Clinical factors such as psychosis, depression and substance abuse increase the risk for suicidal behavior in schizophrenia. Social factors such as social adjustment and social supports also play a critical role. Ongoing assessment and intervention of suicidal behavior, clinical symptomatology, social environment and treatment issues are essential. Prediction and prevention of suicidal behavior are not always possible however. Treatment focused on the reduction of symptomatology and maintenance of an effective social environment may attenuate the risk for suicidal behavior in schizophrenia. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

Assessment and Intervention for the Suicidal Patient with Schizophrenia

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 by Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1025447115067
Publisher site
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Abstract

The risk for suicidal behavior in schizophrenia is high with 10–15% committing suicide and 20–40% making suicide attempts. Due to the chronicity and complexity of schizophrenia and the multi-determined nature of suicidal behavior, the clinician must utilize a biopsychosocial approach to assessment and intervention. Clinical factors such as psychosis, depression and substance abuse increase the risk for suicidal behavior in schizophrenia. Social factors such as social adjustment and social supports also play a critical role. Ongoing assessment and intervention of suicidal behavior, clinical symptomatology, social environment and treatment issues are essential. Prediction and prevention of suicidal behavior are not always possible however. Treatment focused on the reduction of symptomatology and maintenance of an effective social environment may attenuate the risk for suicidal behavior in schizophrenia.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 14, 2004

References

  • The occurrence and characteristics of suicidal preoccupation and acts in schizophrenia
    Planansky, K; Johnston, R.
  • Some changes in the pattern of mortality in schizophrenia in Sweden
    Lindelius, R; Kay, DWK.

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