Personalizing suicidology

What makes people suicidal? Unfortunately, despite a century of suicide research and theorizing, the field of suicidology has yet to provide a sufficient answer to this foundational question. We have managed to identify a multitude of empirically and theoretically derived risk factors – spanning everything from social forces at the societal level (e.g., Durkheim, 1897/1951) to […]

College students’ responses to suicidal content on social networking sites: An examination using a simulated Facebook newsfeed.

Although Facebook has a peer-initiated suicide prevention protocol, little is known about users’ abilities to notice, recognize, and appropriately interpret suicidal content or about their willingness to intervene. In this study, 468 college students were randomly assigned to interact with a simulated Facebook newsfeed containing content reflecting various suicide risk levels. A larger proportion of […]

The Oxford handbook of suicide and self-injury.

This handbook provides a comprehensive summary of the most important and exciting advances in our understanding of suicide and self-injury and our ability to predict and prevent it.

Suicidal feelings in the twilight of life: A cross-sectional population-based study of 97-year-olds.


The brief reasons for living inventory for adolescents (BRFL-A)

This study modified and evaluated the psychometric properties of the Reasons for Living Inventory (RFL) in samples of adolescents. Internal consistency reliability, corrected item-total scale correlation, and exploratory factor analysis procedures were used with a mixed sample of 260 adolescents to identify 14 items for the brief version of the RFL (BRFL-A). Confirmatory factor analyses […]

Personal suicidality in reception and identification with suicidal film characters.

The authors investigated the impact of suicidality on identity work during film exposure. Adults with low suicidality (n = 150) watched either It’s My Party or The Fire Within, censored versions of these films not depicting the suicide, or the control film that concluded with a non-suicidal death. Baseline suicidality was measured with questionnaires before […]