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Suicidal Behaviour: Assessment of People provides a psychometric analysis of various aspects associated with suicidal risk assessment to understand the suicidal personality and predict suicidal behavior. It includes articles by experts in the field covering suicide research carried out globally. The discussion begins with a contextualization of the psychological factors implicated in the aetiology of suicidal behavior with the help of a biopsychosocial model and is followed by an empirical analysis. The theoretical issues are then examined from various perspectives. Some articles also focus on people-at-risk, including individuals suffering from substance abuse and bipolar disorders, security personnel, adolescents, etc.
Chapter 2: Empirically Based Assessment of Suicide Risk*
Empirically Based Assessment of Suicide Risk*
It is almost a certainty that mental health professionals will, at some point, be required to evaluate a patient having some form of suicidality (i.e., suicidal thoughts, following a suicide attempt or someone with a history of multiple attempts). Suicidality is the most frequently encountered emergency situation in mental health settings (Buzan and Weissberg, 1992) and is the most anxiety-provoking clinical scenario for practitioners (Pope and Tabachnick, 1993; Rudd, 2006). Approximately one-quarter of all psychologists will experience suicide by a patient at some point in their careers (Chemtob et al., 1988a; Pope and Tabachnick, 1993), as will nearly 50 percent of psychiatrists (Chemtob et al., 1988b) and 23 ...