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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.

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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