Suicide as an interpersonal phenomenon: Dyadic methodological and statistical considerations in suicide research

Interpersonal risk and resilience factors are prominent in current conceptual models of suicide. A growing body of empirical evidence links suicidal thoughts and behaviors to a range of interpersonal phenomenon adding further support to the value of this line of inquiry. At present, research on interpersonal phenomenon focuses on assessing individuals’ perceptions of interpersonal phenomenon, […]

An exploratory analysis of violent offending and the acquired capability for suicide in male prisoners

Recently, the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide has offered some understanding as to why inmates are at a disproportionately high risk to die by suicide. The present study was designed to investigate how one aspect of the theory, the acquired capability for suicide, may differ between prison inmates with violent offenses versus those without. Data from […]

Posttraumatic stress disorder symptom clusters and the interpersonal theory of suicide in a large military sample.

Prior studies examining posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom clusters and the components of the interpersonal theory of suicide (ITS) have yielded mixed results, likely stemming in part from the use of divergent samples and measurement techniques. This study aimed to expand on these findings by utilizing a large military sample, gold standard ITS measures, and […]

Shame, guilt, and suicide ideation among bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism practitioners: Examining the role of the interpersonal theory of suicide.

To date, no study has examined rates of suicide ideation or theory-based risk factors for suicide ideation among bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism (BDSM) practitioners. Participants were 321 adults that endorsed BDSM involvement. Thirty-seven percent of the sample indicated a nonzero level of suicide ideation. Thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness (PB) were […]

A qualitative study of good-bye letters in prison therapy: Imprisoned women who self-harm.

Abstract. Background: Self-harm rates among imprisoned women in the UK are extremely high and there are limited psychological therapies available to support them in prison. This paper presents women’s subjective accounts of receiving good-bye letters at the end of brief psychodynamic interpersonal therapy (PIT) and how these letters positively impacted on their incidents of self-harm. […]

Borderline personality disorder diagnostic criteria as risk factors for suicidal behavior through the lens of the interpersonal theory of suicide.

Borderline personality disorder diagnostic criteria, particularly affective dysregulation and behavioral dysregulation, are avenues through which suicide risk is conferred, though pathways are not well understood. The interpersonal theory of suicide may help elucidate these associations. The current study examined indirect relationships between affective and behavioral dysregulation and suicidal ideation through perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and […]

Reexperiencing symptoms and the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior among deployed service members evaluated for traumatic brain injury.


Parenting behavior and the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide: a mediated moderation analysis with adolescents.


The role of autonomy needs in suicidal ideation: integrating the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide and self-determination theory.

Journal is held in the CSP Library.

The role of autonomy needs in suicidal ideation: integrating the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide and self-determination theory.

Journal is held in the CSP Library.

Psychosocial Treatments of Suicidal Behaviors: a Practice-friendly Review

Treatment of Bereavement-Related Major Depressive Episodes in Later Life: a Controlled Study of Acute and Continuation Treatment With Nortriptyline…


Depression and the Will to Live in the Psychological Landscape of Terminally ill Patients (IN: The Case Against Assisted Suicide, ed. by K Foley & H Hendin)

This chapter attempts to outline some of the critical psychological considerations & the research literature that inform society’s current understanding of the difference between a wish to die, the waning of the will to live, & depression in patients nearing death.

Retelling Violent Death

The author presents a strategy for restorative retelling that is based upon his 30 years of clinical practice & research with family members after a violent death, as well as his personal experience after his wife’s death by suicide. In addition to a clear outline of this model for encouraging resilience, the book includes clinical […]

Treatment Outcome in Suicidal v. Non-suicidal Elderly Patients


Occurrence and Course of Suicidality During Short-term Treatment of Late-Life Depression

This study was undertaken to determine 1) how suicidal ideation changes during short-term depression treatment & 2) whether treatment response differs among 3 groups of patients based on their levels of suicidality at baseline & during treatment. This is a secondary analysis of pooled data from 3 treatment studies of late-life major depression. It was […]

Psychosocial Interventions for Treating Adolescent Suicidal Depression… (IN: Childhood & Adolescent Disorders… ed. by E D Hibbs & P S Jensen)

This chapter describes a clinical trial comparing three psychosocial interventions (cognitive-behavioral treatment, systemic-behavioral family treatment, & nondirective supportive treatment) for depressed adolescents. No conclusive data on the final results are available, but the salient psychological factors associated with onset, course, & recurrence of depression are emphasized. The rationale for the design & methodological issues that […]

Adolescent Preventive Health: a Social and Life Group Skills Paradigm


Randomised Controlled Trial of Brief Psychological Intervention After Deliberate Self Poisoning

A commentary, “Another Kind of Talk That Works” by G C Patton, is included with this article.

Healing the Bereaved Child: Grief Gardening, Growth Through Grief and Other Touchstones for Caregivers

By comparing grief counselling to gardening, the author frees caregivers of the traditional medical model of bereavement care, which implies that grief is an illness that must be cured. He suggests that caregivers embrace a more holistic view of the grief process, & explains the ways bereaved children can not only heal, but grow through […]

Intervention Effects in Adolescent Suicidal Behaviour

This presentation reports on a study of 40 adoescents of Indian heritage in South Africa, consecutively admitted to hospital subsequent to a self-harm attempt. 52.5% accepted treatment involving a combination of individual & family sessions. Follow-up was completed with 39 subjects. Findings suggest that psychological intervention had been effective in reducing the feeling of hopelessness; […]

Bereavement Support Groups for School-Age Children: Theory, Intervention, and Case Example

Children’s bereavement support groups can provide useful surrogate support for families when a parent dies, & may contribute new social meaning for this traumatic event. Theories & techniques for intervention in such groups are presented, & their application illustrated via a clinical case history. Results indicate that categorization of children’s bereavement should be abandoned in […]

Guidelines for Handling the Suicidal Patient: a Cognitive Perspective (IN: Suicide: Guidelines for Assessment, Management, and Treatment, edited by B Bongar)

This chapter details a model for assessing & treating suicidal patients in an outpatient setting. Model is derived from 20 years of work by A.T. Beck & colleagues at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania. It integrates basic research, assessment techniques, & therapeutic strategies. Authors discuss use of the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), […]