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Arch Suicide Res. 2005;9(4):353-9.

Suicidality and interrogative suggestibility.

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The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5025, USA.

Abstract

All people are subject to memory suggestibility, but suicidal individuals may be especially so. The link between suicidality and suggestibility is unclear given mixed findings and methodological weaknesses of past research. To test the link between suicidality and interrogative suggestibility, 149 undergraduates answered questions about suicidal thoughts and reasons for living, and participated in a direct suggestibility procedure. As expected, suggestibility correlated with suicidality but accounted for little overall variance (4%). Mental health professionals might be able to take advantage of client suggestibility by directly telling suicidal persons to refrain from suicidal thoughts or actions.

PMID:
16179331
DOI:
10.1080/13811110500182265
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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