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date: 24 January 2020

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In this chapter, the author discusses two ways in which the area of behavioral emergencies can be viewed as integrative. First, evidence is presented demonstrating how the three major behavioral emergencies (i.e., risks of interpersonal victimization, suicide, and violence) overlap and are interrelated in certain respects. For example, data indicate that those who have been victims of violence have an increased risk of becoming perpetrators of violence and/or victims of suicidal behavior. Second, the author distinguishes between the concepts of crisis and emergency, and then discusses how crises often precede the development of behavioral emergencies, and how crisis intervention techniques can be used to avert a developing emergency. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the decision making involved in determining whether a patient at risk can be treated as an outpatient in crisis or needs to be hospitalized because of imminent risk of suicide or violence.

Keywords: behavioral emergency, crisis, behavioral crisis, suicide, violence, interpersonal victimization, victims of violence, emergency intervention, crisis intervention

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