Suicide Prevention in Counseling Psychology

James R. Rogers and Kathleen M. Benson

in The Oxford Handbook of Prevention in Counseling Psychology

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396423
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Suicide Prevention in Counseling Psychology

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Abstract The purpose of this chapter is to provide a critical analysis of the status of suicide prevention in the United States and as an area of attention in counseling psychology. Following our analysis of prevention from universal and selected levels, we identify some of the major obstacles to effective prevention efforts and present an argument for a greater need for involvement from counseling psychologists. Identified areas of counseling psychology expertise that can be brought to bear on suicide prevention activities include theory development, application of diverse methodologies in research, psychometrics, and the field’s strength-based philosophy and emerging attention to the importance of fostering resilient communities.

Keywords: suicide; prevention; theory; research methods; psychometrics; strength-based

Article.  10918 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Counselling Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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