Advancing the Science of Suicidal Behavior: Understanding and Intervention



Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY013000

Suicide is a complex human behavior that remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Although suicidal behavior continues to perplex clinicians and scholars, there have been recent advances with regard to the research related to the understanding, assessment, and biopsychosocial treatment of suicidal individuals, as well as the prevention of suicidal behavior. This volume combines the efforts of several leaders in the field of suicidology in an attempt to grasp a better understanding of why people have suicidal thoughts, engage in suicidal behavior, and ultimately die by suicide. The book is divided into four major parts and provides a comprehensive summary of the exciting progress being made in the field of suicide prevention. Part I discusses epidemiology, epigenetics, and theories of suicide. Part II focuses on assessment, prevention, intervention, and postvention. Part III examines suicide in special populations. Part IV explores suicidal behaviors in psychological disorders. This unique and comprehensive book is intended for graduate students, researchers, clinicians, and professionals who may encounter issues relating to suicide on a regular basis. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Editors


Chapter 1. Evidence-Based Public Health Approaches to Suicide Prevention
Kerry L. Knox and Kathy A. Rasmussen (University of Rochester School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua VA Medical Center)

Chapter 2. Epigenetics of Suicidal Behavior
Yi Zhou, Pierre-Eric Lutz and Gustavo Turecki (McGill University)

Chapter 3. The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide: A Useful Theory?
Kimberly A. Van Orden (University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry)


Chapter 4. Challenges for Suicide Assessment
Yeunjoo Chung and Elizabeth L. Jeglic (John Jay College and the Graduate Center, CUNY)

Chapter 5. Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Treating the Suicidal Patient
Sadia R. Chaudhury, Megan S. Chesin and Barbara Stanley (Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute)

Chapter 6. Evidence-Based Interventions with Urban, Low-income, African American Women and Men
Huaiyu Zhang, Amanda G. Garcia-Williams, Mili A. Thomas, Nicholas Tarantino, Bobbi Patterson, Dorian A. Lamis and Nadine J. Kaslow (Emory University School of Medicine)

Chapter 7. Optimizing Family Intervention in the Treatment of Suicidal Youth
Guy Diamond, Joan Asarnow and Jennifer Hughes (Drexel University and others)

Chapter 8. “Postvention” After Suicide
Julie Cerel, Laura M. Frey and Myfanwy Maple (University of Kentucky and others)


Chapter 9. Suicidal Behavior in Youth
David N. Miller (University at Albany, State University of New York)

Chapter 10. College Student Distress and Suicidality: A Spectrum of Prevention and Intervention Approaches
Dorian A. Lamis, David J. Drum and Martin A. Swanbrow Becker (Emory University School of Medicine and others)

Chapter 11. Suicidal Behavior in Late Life
Kelly C. Cukrowicz, Sarah L. Brown and Jared F. Roush (Texas Tech University)

Chapter 12. Suicidal Ideation and Behaviors in Girls and Women in the U.S. and Canada: Cultural and Intersectional Perspectives
Silvia S. Canetto (Colorado State University)

Chapter 13. Male Gender Roles, Masculinity, and Suicide: A Lethal Combination
Candice N. Selwyn and Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling (University of South Alabama)

Chapter 14. Gay-Related Stress and Suicide Risk: Articulating Three Mediated Pathways that Increase Risk for Suicidality among Sexual Minority Youth
Michael P. Marshal, Jeremy T. Goldbach, Heather L. McCauley¸ Michelle L. Shultz, Laura J. Dietz, Gerald T. Montano and Anthony R. D’Augelli (University of Southern California and others)

Chapter 15. Suicidal Behaviors and U.S. Hispanic Youth: Social, Psychological, and Cultural Factors and Challenges for Interventions
Luis H. Zayas, Carolina Hausmann-Stabile and Susan M. De Luca (The University of Texas at Austin and others)

Chapter 16. Suicidal Behavior in the African American Community
Shane P. Davis, Joy D. Beckwith, Kristin L. Walker and Larisa V. Niles-Carnes (Emory University School of Medicine)

Chapter 17. Suicide among Asian Americans: Review and Recommendations
Frederick T. L. Leong, Zornitsa Kalibatseva and Marisa Perera (Michigan State University, and University of Michigan)

Chapter 18. Suicide in Indian Country: The Continuing Epidemic
Jacqueline S. Gray, and Gail Mason (University of North Dakota)

Chapter 19. Suicidal Behavior in the Rural Population
Lisa Curtin, Tracy Cohn and Jacqueline Belhumeur (Appalachian State University and others)

Chapter 20. Understanding Suicidal Behavior among Military Personnel
Craig J. Bryan (National Center for Veterans Studies)


Chapter 21. From Sad to Worse: Mood Disorders and Suicide Risk
James Overholser and Josephine Ridley (Case Western Reserve University and others)

Chapter 22. Anxiety Disorders and Suicide-Related Behaviors
Michele Bechor, Raquel Melendez, Ryan M. Hill and Jeremy W. Pettit (Florida International University)

Chapter 23. Suicidal Behavior and Personality Disorders
Michael D. Anestis, Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon and Kim L. Gratz (University of Southern Mississippi and University of Mississippi Medical Center)

Chapter 24. Suicide Risk in Schizophrenia
Maurizio Pompili and Dorian A. Lamis (Sapienza University of Rome and others)

Chapter 25. Substance Use Disorders and Risk for Suicide
Barbara Schneider and Tilman Wetterling (Goethe-University Frankfurt and others)

Chapter 26. Summary, Conclusion, and Future Directions
Dorian A. Lamis and Nadine J. Kaslow (Emory University School of Medicine)


This unique and comprehensive book is intended for graduate students, researchers, clinicians, and professionals who may encounter issues relating to suicide on a regular basis.

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