Title

COLLEGE-STUDENTS HYPOTHETICAL RESPONSES TO SUICIDAL INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE HIV POSITIVE, SUBSTANCE ABUSING, DEPRESSED, OR ANXIOUS

Authors

SE ONEAL
LM RANGE

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-1993

Department

Psychology

Abstract

To see if specific circumstances encourage or discourage helpful responses to suicide threats, 141 undergraduates read a one-paragraph vignette about a suicidal person with either AIDS, depression, drug abuse, anxiety, or adjustment problems. Students them wrote five responses, which on average were mildly unhelpful regardless of circumstance. A suicidal person who was HIV positive engendered significantly less helpful responses than a suicidal person who had panic attacks. Results suggest that, for suicidal persons, revealing life circumstances fails to engender increased empathy in college students.

Publication Title

DEATH STUDIES

Volume

17

Issue

2

First Page

143

Last Page

149

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