The suicidal process: age of onset and severity of suicidal behaviour.


Purpose: The concept of the suicidal process implies a progression from behaviour of relatively low intent to completed suicide. Evidence from the literature has given rise to the speculation that the age of onset of an early form of the suicidal process may be associated with the ultimate seriousness of suicidal behaviour. This study was designed to test the hypothesis that early onset of the first stage of the suicidal process, a wish to die, is associated with increases in the ultimate position along the suicidal process dimension.

Publication Type: Journal Articles

Year of Publication: 2011

Topics: Mental Health

Authors: Angus Thompson, Carolyn Dewa, Stephanie Phare

ISSN: 0933-7954

ISSN (online): 1433-9285

Journal Title: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

Volume: 47

Issue: 8

Pages: 1263-1269