- Subject index
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 6: Cultural Issues in Suicide Risk Assessment*
Cultural Issues in Suicide Risk Assessment*
… no one who commits suicide does so without reference to the prevailing normative standards and attitudes of the cultural community. Therefore, cause of suicide can be understood only with reference to the socio-cultural norms and attitudes that govern suicide in each cultural community. (Boldt, 1988: 106)
The Impact of Culture on Suicidal Behaviour
Overall, suicide rates of different countries tend to be relatively stable over time and very different from one another. For example, Lester (1987, cited in Zonda and Lester, 1990) found that suicide rates of European countries in 1975 were strongly associated with the suicide rates of 100 years earlier. The different suicide rates persist when immigrants [Page 108]from these countries are examined ...