Psychopathology and risk factors for suicide in the young

Israel Orbach and Maya Iohan-Barak

in Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

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ISBN: 9780198570059
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640461 | DOI:

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Psychopathology and risk factors for suicide in the young

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In the first section risk factors along the categories of pathology, emotional states, personality traits, cognitive deficits, deficits in self-regulation, stressors and facilitators and inhibitors of suicidal behaviour are classified. The second section consists of a presentation of several theoretical perspectives of self-destructive behaviour in adolescents. The third section provides a review of theoretical and empirical models that try to track the interactions between the various risk factors leading to suicidal behaviour. The last section focuses on different pathways, based on different major dynamics, showing that there is more than one way to approach suicidal behaviour in adolescents.

Many risk factors have been implicated in suicidal behaviour. In order to gain some clarity in this web of multiple risk factors, a meaningful organization of the existing data is needed. In this chapter we will rely on Orbach’s (1997) taxonomy of risk factors in order to facilitate in the organization of data related to suicidal behaviour in adolescents.

Chapter.  8730 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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