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Helping Parents Cope with Suicide Threats: An Approach Based on Nonviolent Resistance.

Authors
  • Omer, Haim1
  • Dolberger, Dan Isaac2
  • 1 Department of Psychology, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. , (Israel)
  • 2 The Tel Aviv Center for Non Violent Resistance Psychology, Ramat Hasharon, Israel. , (Israel)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Family process
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2015
Volume
54
Issue
3
Pages
559–575
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/famp.12129
PMID: 25594236
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Parent training in nonviolent resistance was adapted to deal with situations of suicide threat by children, adolescents, and young adults. The approach aims at reducing the risk potential and the mutual distress surrounding the threat-interaction. Parent training in nonviolent resistance has been shown to help parents move from helplessness to presence, from isolation to connectedness, from submission to resistance, from escalation to self-control, and from mutual distancing and hostility to care and support. Those emphases can be crucial for the diminution of suicide risk. Parents show good ability to implement the approach and report gains on various areas over and beyond the reduction in suicide threat. A particular advantage is that the method can be used also in cases where the young person threatening suicide is not willing to cooperate. © 2015 Family Process Institute.

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