Contributing factors to suicide

Robert D. Goldney

in Suicide Prevention

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199677580
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191757044 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Contributing factors to suicide

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The stress-diathesis model is a useful framework to conceptualize suicidal behaviours. Psychological autopsy studies demonstrate that 80–90% of suicides had a diagnosable mental disorder at the time of death. Population Attributable Risk analyses highlight the importance of mental disorders. The presence of even multiple risk factors is not sufficient to adequately explain suicide.

Chapter.  2277 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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