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ERIC Number: EJ785849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
No-Harm Contracts: A Review of What We Know
Lewis, Lisa McConnell
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v37 n1 p50-57 Feb 2007
Few events in the practice of a mental health clinician can be as devastating as the suicide of a client. Although suicide is a rare occurrence, clinicians face assessment of clients' risk for harming themselves on a regular basis. One well-accepted and widely practiced intervention for suicidal ideation is the use of no-harm contracts (NHC), although opinions about NHCs range from enthusiasm to apathy. The existing research does not support the use of such contracts as a method for preventing suicide, nor for protecting clinicians from malpractice litigation in the event of a client suicide.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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