Prevention, assessment and treatment of suicidal behavior

  • David Sánchez-Teruel Universidad de Jaén
  • Ana García-León Universidad de Jaén- Departamento de Psicología
  • Jose Antonio Muela-Martínez Universidad de Jaén-Departamento de Psicología
Keywords: Suicide, prevention, assessment, treatment

Abstract

Suicide is a serious global public health problem in both developed and developing countries. The results of the research reviewed here reveal that, in Europe, one person dies by suicide every nine minutes, and that in Spain it is currently the leading external cause of death after road traffic accidents. This review presents the latest findings on effective suicide prevention strategies in the general population as well as the most appropriate instruments for assessing the level of risk for suicidal behavior in a clinical population. The treatments that scientific literature reports to be most effective in the fight against suicide are also included. The most significant results in terms of both prevention and treatment are discussed and several limitations to this study are also raised, which may be considered for future work by practitioners and researchers interested in this field.

Author Biographies

David Sánchez-Teruel, Universidad de Jaén

Profesor del Departamento de Psicología de la Universidad de Jaén desde 2007

Psicólogo del Gabinete de Psicología de la UJA desde su creación

Psicólogo clínico desde 1994 en centro propio

 

Ana García-León, Universidad de Jaén- Departamento de Psicología
Profesora Titular del Departamento de Psicología de la Universidad de Jaén (España)
Jose Antonio Muela-Martínez, Universidad de Jaén-Departamento de Psicología
Profesor titular de Psicología de la Universidad de Jaén
Published
08-08-2014
How to Cite
Sánchez-Teruel, D., García-León, A., & Muela-Martínez, J. (2014). Prevention, assessment and treatment of suicidal behavior. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 30(3), 952-963. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.30.3.148691
Section
Clinical and Health Psychology