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Suicidal Behaviour
Assessment of People-At-Risk

Edited by:
  • Updesh Kumar - Scientist 'F' and Head, Mental Health Division, Defence Institute of Psychological Research (DIPR), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India
  • Manas K Mandal - Director General (Life Sciences), Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India


© 2010 | 392 pages | SAGE India
Suicidal Behaviour: Assessment of People-At-Risk provides a psychometric analysis of various aspects associated with suicidal risk assessment to understand the suicidal personality and predict suicidal behaviour. It includes articles by experts in the field covering suicide research carried out globally. The collection is divided into two sections-the first focuses on the theoretical issues and the second on the applied and practical issues related to suicidal behaviour among specific populations. The main features of the articles include:

- the diverse aspects of the problem in various socio-cultural contexts

- prevention strategies, along with analyses of varied paradigms of suicidal behaviour, for the benefit of mental health practitioners and researchers

- a focussed discussion on specific population

- a comprehensive review of research in the field

- reviews of suicide risk assessment tools

The discussion begins with a contextualisation of the psychological factors implicated in the aetiology of suicidal behaviour with the help of a biopsychosocial model and is followed by an empirical analysis. The theoretical issues are then examined from various perspectives.

This compilation will serve as a supplementary reader for students of psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric social work and counselling. It will also be useful for mental health professionals as well as those undertaking research on suicide.

Robert Hogan
Foreword
 
Preface
 
PART ONE: RISK ASSESSMENT: THEORETICAL ISSUES
Rory C O'Connor
Psychological Perspectives on Suicidal Behaviour
Chad E Morrow, Craig J Bryan and Kathryn Kangler Appolonio
Empirically Based Assessment of Suicide Risk
Jitendra Kumar Trivedi and Sannidhya Varma
Neurobiological Basis of Suicidal Ideation
Carmel McAuliffe
Problem-Solving Ability and Repeated Deliberate Self-Harm
Swati Mukherjee, Updesh Kumar and Manas K Mandal
Suicide and Homicide: Theoretical Issues
Erminia Colucci
Cultural Issues in Suicide Risk Assessment
Peter Osvath, Viktor Voros and Sandor Fekete
Gender Issues in Suicide Risk-Factor Assessment
Kimberly A Van Orden and Alec L Miller
Developmental Issues in Risk Factor Assessment
Farah Kidwai
Reporting Suicide: Impact on Suicidal Behaviour
 
PART TWO: ASSESSMENT: PEOPLE-AT-RISK
Pritha Mukhopadhyay
Suicide: Its Assessment and Prediction
Nishi Misra, Amri Sabharwal and Updesh Kumar
Substance Use and Suicidal Behaviour
Maurizio Pompili et al
Suicide Risk in Bipolar Disorder
Eva Schaller and Manfred Wolfersdorf
Depression and Suicide
Lars Mehlum and Latha Nrugham
The Suicidal Soldier
Angel Nga-man Leung, Cathy Yui-chi Fong and Catherine Alexandra McBride-Chang
Suicidal Ideation and Behavior among Asian Adolescents
 
Index

[The book] has been designed to cover suicide ideation holistically. Diverse paradigms of suicidal behavior along with the suggested prevention strategies are discussed in an effort to provide a scope for widening the horizon of mental health professionals and researchers working in this area so as to reduce the suicidal behavior across the world. The issues being raised in this book will help promote more research in this area and prove beneficial for all…The volume advances our understanding about the phenomenon of suicide. It provides an interactive framework for thinking about issues involved in suicide ideation, epidemiology and prevention.

Psychological Studies

Suicidal Behavior—Assessment of People at Risk is a must read for professionals in the social, medical and mental health fields. It’s a comprehensive compilation of essays written by eminent scientists of international caliber. It’s an analytical and empirical study of the best modern thinking on the prediction, exploration and potential amelioration of suicide… This volume gives a total picture of both research and methodology to study, prevent and treat suicidal behaviors. It is suggested that to understand and get a complete picture of SUICIDE one must study this book thoroughly.

e-Social Science

The authors, who are experts in their fields, have dealt with each topic in a comprehensive, but succinct manner… The book is well organized, the get-up attractive and the price reasonable… The simple language and practical approach followed are an added bonus. This book is a useful read for professionals caring for people at risk of suicide.

The National Medical Journal of India

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Updesh Kumar

Updesh Kumar, Ph.D., is a Scientist ‘F’ and in the chair of the Head, Mental Health Division at Defence Institute of Psychological Research, R&D Organization, Ministry of Defence, Delhi, India. Dr Kumar obtained his Doctorate degree from Punjab University, Chandigarh. With more than 23 years of experience as a scientist in R&D organization, he specializes in the area of suicidal behavior, personality assessment, and personnel selection and has developed a number of psychological tests and assessment tools. Dr Kumar has been a psychological assessor (psychologist) in various services selection boards for eight years... More About Author

Manas K. Mandal

Manas K. Mandal, Ph.D., is currently Director General (Life Sciences), Defence R&D Organization (DRDO), Ministry of Defence, Government of India, Delhi. Dr Mandal obtained his postgraduate and Doctorate degrees from Calcutta University in 1979 and 1984, respectively. He has completed his Postdoctoral Research Program at Delware University (Fulbright Fellow), USA in 1986–1987 and at Waterloo University (Shastri & NSERC Fellow), Canada in 1993–1994. Dr Mandal was a Professor of Psychology at Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He was also a visiting professor... More About Author

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