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ERIC Number: EJ797302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0742-1656
Signs of Suicide: Using Road Drawings with Inmates on Suicide Observation at a County Jail
Hanes, Michael J.
Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, v25 n2 p78-84 2008
Suicide is a leading cause of death in jails. This article discusses the use of road drawings as part of a clinical interview by an art therapist to evaluate an inmate's risk for self-harm. Following an overview of suicide in correctional settings, the rationale and procedure for administering road drawings are explained. Examples produced by inmates who were placed on suicide watch illustrate how road drawings can access personal history, mental and emotional states, and behavioral patterns that may put a person at risk for suicide. The road also may function as a therapeutic metaphor for an inmate's capacity for change and restoration. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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