Title

College-Students Hypothetical Responses to Suicidal Individuals Who Are HIV Positive, Substance Abusing, Depressed, or Anxious

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