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.

Psychological Perspectives on Suicidal Behaviour

Psychological Perspectives on Suicidal Behaviour

Psychological perspectives on suicidal behaviour
Rory C.O'Connor

I can't stop myself thinking, I wish I could turn off, I hate myself, I'm just not good enough, I am tired of life, I've had enough—declares a young man, aged 19 years, who took his own life (O'Connor, unpublished).

It is generally accepted that suicide is the outcome of a complex interplay of aetiological factors which are psychological, biological and social in origin (e.g., Mann et al., 2005). Indeed, in recent years there has been a growth in biopsychosocial models including the diathesis-stress model of suicidal behaviour (e.g., Mann et al., 1999). Exponents of diathesis-stress perspectives argue that the risk of suicide is determined by the interaction of predisposing vulnerabilities and the experience of stress ...

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