Cognitive Therapy for Suicidality: an Integrative, Comprehensive, and Practical Approach to Conceptualization

A model of suicidality based in cognitive therapy is offered. The conceptual framework, referred to as the suicidal mode, incorporates the various systems of personality into an integrative theory with direct application for clinical care. Application of the suicidal mode to treatment of patients struggling with suicidality is discussed & broader issues of theoretical integration […]

Suicide Types: Theories of Suicide (IN: Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, vol.2: L-Z, ed. by R Kastenbaum)

The author provides a history of theoretical approaches to explaining suicide, beginning with the seminal theories of Freud & Durkheim, & then turning to more recent theories developed by suicidologists in order to account for individual suicides as well as the suicide rates within a society. (14 refs)

Suicidality and Cognitive Vulnerability to Depression Among College Students: a Prospective Study

Using a behavioural high-risk two-site prospective design, the cognitive vulnerability hypotheses about suicidality were tested. Consistent with prediction, the high cognitive risk participants were more likely than the low cognitive risk participants to exhibit suicidality, measured by both structured diagnostic interview & questionnaire self-reort, during the 2.5 year prospective follow-up period. Moreover, when the prospective […]

Toward an Integrative Model of Suicide Attempt: a Cognitive Psychological Approach

Theories of Suicidal Behavior Applied to Sylvia Plath

The suicide of Sylvia Plath is examined from the perspectives of 15 theories of suicidal behaviour including: Adler, Beck, Binswanger, Freud, Henry & Short, Jung, Kelly, Leenaars, Lester, Maris, Menninger, Murray, Shneidman, Sullivan, & Zilboorg. Plath’s suicide is found to fit best with psychoanalytic & cognitive theories of suicide, in particular those of Aaron Beck, […]