A social-emotional learning program for suicide prevention through animal-assisted intervention

The aim of the study was to carry out a pilot implementation and evaluation of the OverCome-AAI program, a pioneering program for the prevention of suicidal behavior through animal-assisted interventions for young people with high risk factors for suicidal behavior. The study sample consisted of 30 adolescents (11 boys and 19 girls) aged between 14[…]

Suicide in Movies: Gender and Choice of Suicide Method (IN: Suicide and the Creative Arts, edited by S Stack & D Lester)

This chapter draws attention to an important agent of socialization to gender roles – the mass media. In particular, it is contended women & men learn about gendered suicide methods in the narratives of films. Its central hypothesis is that method of suicide is a cultural & gendered idiom, which is learned & reflected in[…]

The “Dark Side” of the Strength of Weak Ties: the Diffusion of Suicidal Thoughts

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, the effect of friends-of-friends attempted suicide on the suicidal thoughts of respondents are estimated. A focus on friends-of-friends permits a test of Granovetter’s theory on the strength of weak ties. Results for at-risk respondents are consistent with Granovetter’s theory as these respondents were more likely[…]

Developing Policy to Combat Police Suicide (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

This chapter presents police suicide not as an event, but as a socialization process of learned behaviour within the culture & environment of modern policing. The author describes the learning & reinforced learning involved in each phase of the police career. By presenting depression, stress, & inadequate coping skills as learned behaviour, positive coping mechanisms[…]

Social Modeling in the Transmission of Suicidality


Impact of Modeling on Adolescent Suicidal Behavior


The Cultural Dynamics of Copycat Suicide

Agent-based simulations, in combination with scan statistic methods for detecting clusters of rare events, were used to clarify the social learning processes underlying point & mass clusters. It was found that social learning between neighbouring agents did generate point clusters as predicted, although this effect was partially mimicked by homophily. The one-to-many transmission dynamics characterised[…]

Clinical Suicidology: Theoretical Models

This articles examines different theories of suicide, starting with a review of two major sociological theories, those of Durkheim & Henry & Short. The discussion then turns to individual theories of suicidal behaviours, classified into 3 major types: physiological, intrapsychic, & interpersonal. Intrapsychic theories are further divided into psychoanalytic theory, social learning, & cognitive process.[…]

A Review of the Literature Regarding Film and Television Drama Portrayals of Suicide

This report reviews studies of the portrayal of suicide in television drama & films & its potential consequences. The literature on the impact of fictional on-screen suicides on actual suicidal behaviour is equivocal but provides some support for an imitation effect. The majority of studies have demonstrated completed & attempted suicide rates show unexpected rises[…]

Effects of Different Explanations of Disordered Behavior on Treatment Referrals