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Kimberly A. Van Orden & Alec L. Miller

In: Suicidal Behaviour: Assessment of People-at-Risk

Chapter 8: Developmental Issues in Risk Factor Assessment

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Developmental Issues in Risk Factor Assessment
Developmental issues in risk factor assessment
Kimberly A.Van Orden and Alec L.Miller

Individual biology, cognitions, emotions, social interactions and life stressors impact risk for suicidal behaviour (Maris et al., 1992). Individuals at different points in human development differ across these five domains suggesting that adopting a developmental perspective—and attending to developmental issues—may help to explain and prevent suicidal behaviour across the lifespan (Lester, 1991). An examination of US suicide rates across the lifespan (Gould et al., 2003) indicates the following characteristics: first, suicide is uncommon in children and early adolescents (i.e., up to age 14); second, the incidence of suicide increases at a high rate starting in later adolescence (i.e., ages 15–18) and continuing through early adulthood (i.e., early twenties); suicide ...

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