Trajectory-Based Models in the Study of Suicide

Authored by: Monique S–guin , Alain Lesage , Johanne Renaud , Gustavo Turecki

Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415530125
eBook ISBN: 9780203795583
Adobe ISBN: 9781134459292


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Suicide is a major public health concern and ranks among the top ten causes of death for individuals of all ages in most Western countries (WHO, 2005). Over the past 30 years, numerous studies have examined the relationship between suicide and mental disorders (Barraclough, Bunch, Nelson, & Sainsbury, 1974; Zhang et al., 2003). These studies have identified numerous clinical risk factors for suicide completion, including previous suicide attempts, male sex, family history of suicide, presence of psychiatric problems and inadequate treatment of mental disorders and addictive behaviours (Kim et al., 2003; Lesage et al., 2008; Renaud, Berlim, McGirr, Tousignant, & Turecki, 2008).

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