Understanding the Risk Factors for Suicidal Behavior


Horace N. Ballou (Editor)

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY037000

In this compilation, the authors provide a literature review of the relationship between hormones including testosterone, prolactin, leptin, hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis hormones, hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis hormones, oxytocin, ghrelin, estradiol and progesterone, insulin, melatonin and suicidal behavior, which has potential public health and clinical significance.

Next, protective factors for suicide are highlighted. The discussion also shows how these protective factors also interact with risk factors to provide a buffering effect, thus preventing suicide. A further discussion on prevention in at-risk groups is also conducted.

To assess which protective variables are more predictive of a greater or lesser lethality of a previous suicide attempt, the authors study the concept of implementing a higher level of resilience to possible retries at 6 and 12 months after the first attempt. The sample was comprised of 166 people who had been admitted to the emergency services due to a suicide attempt.

The purpose of the concluding study is to test whether a distal environmental factor, childhood maltreatment (including physical, sexual and emotional abuse), and more proximate cognitive and affective factors are shared correlates of suicide attempts and dating violence perpetration.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Hormones and Suicidal Behavior
(Cun-Xian Jia and Ze-Ying Wang, Department of Epidemiology of Shandong University School of Public Health, Shandong University and Center for Suicide Prevention Research, Shandong, China)

Chapter 2. Buffering the Risk of Suicide: The Role of Protective Factors
(Pius N. Nyutu, PhD, Chu-Chun Fu, PhD, Whitney Wall, PhD, and Mei-Chuan Wang, PhD, Department of Psychology, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA, and others)

Chapter 3. Transdiagnosis of the Repeated Suicide Attempt: A Longitudinal Study
(David Sánchez-Teruel and María Auxiliadora Robles-Bello, Department of Psychology, University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain, and others)

Chapter 4. Childhood Maltreatment, Hostility and Anger: Are These Factors Unique to Suicide Attempt or Shared with Dating Violence Perpetration?
(Megan Chesin, PhD, and Michele Cascardi, PhD, Department of Psychology, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ, US, and others)


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