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Chapter 10: Suicide: Its Assessment and Prediction

Suicide: Its Assessment and Prediction
Suicide: Its assessment and prediction

Multi-faceted problem of suicidal behaviour has been the subject of extensive studies by many researchers (Brown et al., 2000; Goldstein et al., 1991). It has resulted in development of a host of different models, scales of measurement to track and understand the factors responsible for the act of suicide. Although significant risk factors have been identified and models have emerged, no major breakthrough is yet evident to prevent the suicidal behaviour and to help the vulnerable person to cope with suicidal intent and adverse life situations. Perhaps, the root of suicidality is embedded deep in human psyche.

This chapter on assessment starts with an introduction and clinical and empirical approaches to assessment and prediction of suicide, which ...