Suicide and self-directed violence

D. De Leo, K. Krysinska

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Suicidal behavior is a result of a complex interaction between a wide array of psychosocial, economic, biological, and cultural risk factors across the lifespan of an individual. This article is an introduction into the field of suicidology, i.e., the scientific study of suicidal behavior and its prevention. It presents definitions of suicidal behavior and ideation, and international epidemiological data on suicide-related mortality and morbidity. A variety of risk and protective factors are discussed along with the scope of suicide prevention and treatment approaches, and their effectiveness in reducing the risk of suicide and overall suicide mortality rates. © 2008

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
EditorsHarald Kristian Heggenhougen
Place of PublicationAmsterdam Netherlands
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780123739605
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Demographic factors
  • Epidemiology
  • Intervention
  • Mental illness
  • Mortality
  • Prevention
  • Risk factors
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicide
  • Suicide attempt

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