Special Issue "Novel Approaches to Suicide Prevention: Protective Factors and Clinical Interventions"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2020).
Interests: suicide prevention; hate crimes; sexual and gender minority health; scale development; program evaluation
Interests: theoretical models of suicide; suicide risk assessment; suicide risk and resilience factors in marginalized communities
World Health Organization data show that approximately 800,000 persons die by suicide each year. Moreover, suicide trends remain stable or are increasing across many nations. In light of the global concern posed by suicide, decades of research have been devoted to theoretical development and risk factor identification. Despite these efforts, a recent meta-analysis showed that most risk factors do little better than chance in predicting suicide risk. Suicide resilience factors were not better predictors of suicide either; however, they have been dramatically understudied according to this synthesis of the literature. Despite this issue, research demonstrates some progress in the articulation of several evidence-based, suicide-specific interventions, such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS), and Lethal Means Counselling.
This Special Issue is devoted to pushing forward both the basic and applied science of suicide prevention by targeting novel studies that investigate suicide protective factors and resilience. We are also interested in work that tests new interventions, or furthers the empirical evaluation of some of the current leading therapeutic interventions. Studies of interest may utilize quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method approaches; moreover, they may be drawn from a number of disciplines. However, studies must either address (1) the identification of novel protective factors, and/or (2) testing an empirical intervention. Specific example topics include:
- Examination of cognitive and affective individual differences mitigating suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours.
- Examination of factors that offset the risk posed by common risk factors for suicide (i.e., moderators).
- Exploration of cultural factors driving resilience in a number of vulnerable populations (e.g., immigrants, military, racial/ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities).
- Design and psychometric testing of protective factor assessment instruments.
- Pilot evaluation of a new or recently developed psychotherapeutic interventions.
- Rigorously designed and executed meta-analyses or systematic reviews of suicide resilience factors.
- Quantitative studies with null results that demonstrate failed replication of previously determined suicide resilience factors.
- Adaptation of leading therapies to new patient populations, at-risk groups, or across national boundaries.
While this Special Issue is open to any type of article, priority will be given to rigorously designed empirical, over theoretical or review, articles.
Dr. Robert J. Cramer
Dr. Raymond P. Tucker
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- Suicidal ideation
- Suicide attempt
- Risk assessment
- Mental health
- Cultural adaptation