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Br J Psychiatry. 1990 Dec;157:871-6.

Cognitive-behavioural problem solving in the treatment of patients who repeatedly attempt suicide. A controlled trial.

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  • 1University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital.


In a controlled trial, 20 patients at high risk of repeated suicide attempts were randomly allocated to either cognitive-behavioural problem solving or a 'treatment-as-usual' control condition. The group practising problem solving improved significantly more than controls on ratings of depression, hopelessness, suicidal ideation and target problems at the end of treatment and at follow-up of up to one year, and there was evidence of an effect on the rates of repetition over the six months after treatment.

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