Prevention, assessment and treatment of suicidal behavior

  1. Sánchez Teruel, David
  2. García León, Ana
  3. Muela Martínez, José Antonio
Anales de psicología

ISSN: 0212-9728 1695-2294

Year of publication: 2014

Volume: 30

Issue: 3

Pages: 952-963

Type: Article


More publications in: Anales de psicología


Suicide is a serious global public health problem in both devel-oped 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 sui-cide prevention strategies in the general population as well as the most ap-propriate 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 sig-nificant results in terms of both prevention and treatment are discussed and several limitations to this study are also raised, which may be consid-ered for future work by practitioners and researchers interested in this field

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