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

Haim Omer, Dan Isaac Dolberger*

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-575
Number of pages17
JournalFamily Process
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015


  • NVR
  • Nonviolent Resistance
  • Parents
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Suicide Risk
  • Suicide Threats
  • Violence


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