The hypothesis of a continuum in suicidality: a discussion on its validity and practical implications

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Title The hypothesis of a continuum in suicidality: a discussion on its validity and practical implications
Author Sveticic, Jerneja; De Leo, Diego
Journal Name Mental Illness
Year Published 2012
Place of publication Italy
Publisher Pagepress
Abstract The idea of a progression in suicide phenomena, from death wishes to suicide attempts and completed suicides, is quite old and widely present in literature. This model of interpreting suicidality has great relevance in preventative approaches, since it gives the opportunity of intercepting suicidal trajectories at several different stages. However, this may not be the case for many situations, and the hypothesis of a continuum can be true only in a limited number of cases, probably embedded with a specific psychopathological scenario (e.g. depression) and with a frequency that should not permit generalisations. This paper reviews the available evidence about the existence and validity of this construct, and discusses its practical implications.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.4081/mi.2012.e15
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2012. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, providing that the work is properly cited.
Volume 4
Issue Number 2
Page from 73
Page to 78
ISSN 2036-7465
Date Accessioned 2012-10-16
Date Available 2013-06-17T03:28:23Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Mental Health
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47468
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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