Understanding Suicidal Behaviour. The Suicidal Process Approach to Research, Treatment and Prevention. Wiley Series in Clinical Psychology

  • ID: 4564451
  • Book
  • 336 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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How can suicide be prevented and treated by mental health professionals?

This book offers a clinical guide to the assessment, treatment and prevention of suicidal behaviour, from a new and useful theoretical perspective – a developmental process approach. The book presents the arguments and research evidence that suicidal behaviour is not just a response to current emotional crises, but is influenced by persistent characteristics that can be defined in psychological and biological terms.

The authors bring together research–based evidence that establishes three key aspects of the developmental process approach: suicidal behaviour results from the interaction between stressful life events and an individual vulnerability; this individual vulnerability is itself the product of psychobiological factors, genetics and past life events; vulnerability, in this sense, influences how the individual perceives, interprets and reacts to adverse life events, perhaps leading to hopelessness and suicidal behaviour.

Psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses and other mental health practitioners will appreciate the conceptual and clinical value of this book based on its:

  • Description of biological and psychological developmental processes leading to suicide, integrating evidence–based information from a broad range of disciplines
  • Psychobiological definition of long– and short–tem risk factors for suicide, and innovative approach to psychological and biological targets for treatment and prevention
  • Cutting–edge discussion of implications for the study and treatment of suicidal behaviour, by some of the leading authorities in the field
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About the Editor.

List of Contributors.



The Suicidal Process and Related Concepts (K. van Heeringen).

Pathways to Suicide: The Epidemiology of the Suicidal Process (A. Kerkhof & E. Arensman).

Stress and Suicidal Behaviour (L. Traskman–Bendz & ?. Westrin).

About the Biological Interface between Psychotraumatic Experiences and Affective Dysregulation (H. van Praag).

Psychological Aspects of the Suicidal Process (J. Williams & L. Pollock).

Personality Constellations and Suicidal Behaviour (A. Apter & H. Ofek).

Ethology and the Suicidal Process (R. Goldney).

Towards a Psychobiological Model of the Suicidal Process (K. van Heeringen).


Suicide Risk Assessment and the Suicidal–Process Approach (L. Amsel & J. Mann).

The Suicidal Process and Society (U. Bille–Brahe).

The Treatment of Suicidal Behaviour in the Context of the Suicidal Process (K. Hawton).

Suicide as Goal–directed Action (K. Michel & L. Valach).

Psychopharmacological Approaches to the Suicidal Process (K. Malone & M. Moran).

Psychotherapeutic Implications of the Suicidal Process Approach (I. Kienhorst & K. van Heeringen).

The Process Approach to Suicidal Behaviour: Future Directions in Research, Treatment and Prevention (K. van Heeringen).

Author Index.

Subject Index.
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"..warrants a place on the shelf of any suicidologist, clinician or researcher with an interest in suicidal behaviour..the editor and contributors ought to be commended on a comprehensive and lucid volume." (British Journal of Clinical Psychology)

"This book suggests treatments and interventions that may prevent those we can reach completing suicide and offers greater understanding of the suicide process that may enable us to help those who survive the people did not reach." (Mental Health Today, February 2002)

" For those of you who daily encounter this problem I have no hesitation in recommending this book " (Accident & Emergency Nursing, No.10, 2002)

a book that does exactly what it says on the cover a wealth of experience in a highly accessible volume (European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol 12(313), 2003)

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