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SILENCED: THE STORIES OF DALIA AND NABILA Case Description Mrs. Lovett, a school psychologist in a large urban school system in California, responded to a referral from a school principal to work with a teen in one of the system’s high schools based on a suicide threat made by the student. She note that 15-yeaqr-old Dalia is a minor. Because Dalia’s parents are divorced, she contacts the custodial parent, Dalia’s mother, Nabila, to inform her about the potential suicide risk and to obtain informed consent for providing counseling services to the girl. Although Nabila was resistant and insisted that Dalia’ claim could not have been a sincere threat, Mrs. Lovett explained the seriousness of such a threat from a psychological perspective as well as the school’s legal obligation to investigate it. After obtaining reluctant approval from Nabila, Mrs. Lovett then scheduled an appointment with Dalia and a separate follow-up one with Nabila. During the session with Dalia, Mrs. Lovett first conducted a suicide risk assessment, followed by a full biopsychosocial assessment through direct questions and behavioral observations. She noted that Dalia appears to be embarrassed by her suicide threat yet does display some low-level risks, such as having thought about the means (i.e., overdosing on her mother’s medication) and timing of a suicide plan. Dalia reported that there are certain circumstances under which she finds herself more desperate and hopeless than others. These include being around both parents during heated arguments. Family conflicts include her father’s unwillingness to support a college education for Dalia (while planning to support her younger brother’s) and, relatedly, Dalia’s knowledge of her mother’s inability to pay for college. When she hears her father make derogatory comments toward her mother, Dalia becomes upset and defensive. As a solution to this issue, Dalia has heard her parents talk about the possibility of sending her to stay with extended family members in Egypt or Sweden, where an arranged marriage could be planned. Mrs. Lovett’s goal in conducting the broader assessment interview
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