Motivation, Resisting, Considering and Accepting

A qualitative study investigating young adults' participation in an intervention group for people with recurrent suicide-related behaviours

Authored by: Yvonne Bergmans , John Langley , Paul S. Links

Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415530125
eBook ISBN: 9780203795583
Adobe ISBN: 9781134459292


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Recurrent suicide-related behaviour is associated with greater levels of psychopathology (Forman, Berk, Henriques, Brown, & Beck, 2004), increased risk of death by suicide (Beautrais, 2003) and can occur across a spectrum of mental illnesses (Oquendo, Baca-Garcia, Mann, & Giner, 2008; Nock, Hwang, Sampson et al., 2009). Perry, Fowler, Bailey et al. (2009) note that the transition away from suicide-related behaviours can take many years. There is a paucity of work exploring the challenges and benefits of group interventions for people with recurrent suicide attempts. It remains that there is “little precedent” for specialized group therapy targeting people with recurrent suicide attempts (Yalom & Leszcz, 2005, p. 478) and, yet, the power of group therapy has been shown time and again (Marziali, Munroe-Blum, McCleary, 1997; Yalom & Leszcz, 2005; Befort, Donnelly, Sullivan, Ellerbeck, & Perri, 2010). Group interventions for people who experience recurrent suicide-related behaviours are often targeted for a specific diagnostic group such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for people identified with Borderline Personality Disorder (Linehan, 1993) or depression in older adults (Heisel, Duberstein, Talbot, King, & Tu, 2009), each identifying efficacy yet, specifically targeting high risk suicide-related behaviours is not well delineated.

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