Suicide ideation is related to therapeutic alliance in a brief therapy for attempted suicide

Gysin-Maillart, Anja; Soravia, Leila M.; Gemperli, Armin; Michel, Konrad (2016). Suicide ideation is related to therapeutic alliance in a brief therapy for attempted suicide. Archives of suicide research, 21(1), pp. 1-14. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/13811118.2016.1162242

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Abstract Objective: To investigate the role of therapeutic alliance on suicide ideation as outcome measure in a brief therapy for patients who attempted suicide. Method: Sixty patients received the three-session therapy supplemented by follow-up contact through regular letters. Therapeutic alliance was measured with the Helping Alliance Questionnaire (HAq). Outcome at 6 and 12 months was measured with the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (BSS). Results: Therapeutic alliance increased from session one to session three. Higher alliance measures correlated with lower suicidal ideation at 12 months follow-up. A history of previous attempts and depression had a negative affect on therapeutic alliance. Conclusion: The results suggest that in the treatment of suicidal patients therapeutic alliance may be a moderating factor for reducing suicide ideation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Translational Research Center

UniBE Contributor:

Gysin-Maillart, Anja Carolyn; Soravia, Leila and Michel, Konrad

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1381-1118

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Anja Carolyn Gysin-Maillart

Date Deposited:

15 Nov 2016 07:31

Last Modified:

03 Jan 2019 09:40

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/13811118.2016.1162242

PubMed ID:

26984644

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.89375

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/89375

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