The Oxford Handbook of Suicide and Self-Injury

ISBN : 9780190669386

Matthew K. Nock
544 Pages
178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Feb 2017
Oxford Library of Psychology
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Suicide is a perplexing human behavior that remains among the leading causes of death worldwide, responsible for more deaths each year than all wars, genocide, and homicide combined. Although suicide and other forms of self-injury have baffled scholars and clinicians for thousands of years, the past few decades have brought significant leaps in our understanding of these behaviors. The Oxford Handbook of Suicide and Self-Injury provides a comprehensive summary of the most important and exciting advances in our understanding of suicide and self-injury and our ability to predict and prevent it. Comprised of a formidable who's who in the field, this volume covers the full spectrum of topics in suicide and self-injury across the lifespan, including the classification of different self-injurious behaviors, epidemiology, assessment techniques, and intervention. Chapters probe relevant issues in our society surrounding suicide, including assisted suicide and euthanasia, suicide terrorism, overlap between suicidal behavior and interpersonal violence, ethical considerations for suicide researchers, and current knowledge on survivors of suicide. The most comprehensive handbook on suicide and self-injury to date, this volume is a must-read for anyone interested in the most current thinking and research on these devastating behaviors.


1. Introduction to the Handbook
Matthew K. Nock

Part One: Classification of Self-Injurious Behaviors
2. The Classification of Suicidal Behavior
Kelly Posner, Beth Brodsky, Kseniya Yershova, Jacqueline Buchanan, and John Mann
3. Distinguishing between Suicidal and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Jennifer J. Muehlenkamp
4. Should We Expand the Conceptualization of Self-Injurious Behavior? Rationale, Review, and Recommendations
Jill M. Hooley and Sarah St. Germain

Part Two: Phenomenology and Epidemiology
5. Suicidal Behaviors among Children and Adolescents
Christianne Esposito-Smythers, Julie Weismoore, Rupa P. Zimmermann, and Anthony Spirito
6. Suicidal Behaviors Among Adults
Eve K. Moscicki
7. Person-Centered Prevention of Suicide Among Older Adults
Paul R. Duberstein and Marnin J. Heisel
8. Non-suicidal Self-injury across the Lifespan
Janis Whitlock and Matthew Selekman
Part Three: Approaches to Understanding Self-Injurious Behaviors
9. Genetic and Neurobiological Approaches to Understanding Suicidal Behaviors
Laura M. Fiori, Carl Ernst, and Gustavo Turecki
10. Developmental Approaches to Understanding Suicidal and Self-Injurious Behaviors
Sheila E. Crowell, Christina M. Derbidge, and Theodore P. Beauchaine
11. Social and Ecological Approaches to Suicidal Behaviors and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (NSSI)
Nicole Heilbron, Joseph C. Franklin, John D. Guerry, and Mitchell J. Prinstein
12. Cognitive and Information Processing Approaches to Understanding Suicidal Behaviors
Amy Wenzel and Megan Spokas
13. Psychodynamics of Suicide
Mark J. Goldblatt
14. Racial/Ethnic, Spiritual/Religious, and Sexual Orientation Influences on Suicidal Behaviors
Regina M. Sherman, Barbara D'Orio, Miesha N. Rhodes, Stephanie Gantt, and Nadine J. Kaslow
15. Comprehensive Theories of Suicidal Behaviors
Edward A. Selby, Thomas E. Joiner Jr., and Jessica D. Ribeiro
16. Comprehensive Theoretical Models of NSSI
Colleen M. Jacobson and Kristen Batejan
Part Four: Assessment
17. Core Competencies, Warning Signs, and a Framework for Suicide Risk Assessment in Clinical Practice
M. David Rudd
18. Assessment of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
E. David Klonsky and Stephen P. Lewis
Part Five: Prevention and Intervention
19. Prevention of Suicidal Behaviors
Jose M. Bertolote
20. Psychological Treatment of Suicidal Behaviors
Erin F. Ward-Ciesielski and Marsha M. Linehan
21. The Pharmacologic Treatment of Suicidal Patients
Jan Fawcett and Katie A. Busch
22. Prevention of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Nancy L. Heath, Jessica R. Toste, and Shannon-Dell MacPhee
23. Psychological Treatments for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Barbara Stanley, Virginia Fineran, and Beth Brodsky
24. Pharmacologic Treatment of NSSI
Paul L. Plener and Gerhard Libal
Part Six: Special Issues
25. Overlap between Suicidal Behavior and Interpersonal Violence
Marc Hillbrand
26. Suicide Terrorism
Ellen Townsend
27. Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Agnes van der Heide
28. Survivors of Suicide
Holly Parker
29. Conclusion to the Handbook
Matthew K. Nock

About the author: 

Matthew K. Nock, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Research in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Nock's multi-disciplinary research is aimed at advancing the understanding of why people behave in ways that are harmful to themselves, with an emphasis on suicide and other forms of self-harm. His work on suicide and self-injury has been recognized through the receipt of early career awards from the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the American Association of Suicidology. In 2011 he was named a MacArthur Fellow.

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