A New Approach to Suicidal Behavior Diagnostics: A Review of Foreign Sources



The paper presents a review of the studies on innovative suicide prevention strategies, methods, and approaches to diagnosing suicide risk. We examine the results of the studies that allow developing new approaches to creating effective suicide risk assessment tools, based on building a trusting relationship with the patient/client and focusing on the doctor’s/therapist’s own emotional experiences. We describe a complex narrative-crisis model of suicide that includes long-term and short-term risk factors for suicidal behavior and incorporates the suicidal crisis syndrome. We conclude with describing modern tendencies in suicide risk diagnostics — namely, overestimating the methods’ efficiency. New methods for assessing critical states possessing good predictive validity should be developed and implemented.

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Keywords: suicide, diagnostic methods for suicidal behavior, suicidal crisis syn¬drome, narrative crisis model of suicide

Journal rubric: Research Reviews

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp.2020280102

For citation: Bannikov G.S., Vikhristyuk O.V., Galynker I. A New Approach to Suicidal Behavior Diagnostics: A Review of Foreign Sources. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2020. Vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 8–24. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2020280102. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Gennady S. Bannikov, PhD in Medicine, Senior Researcher, Department of Suicidology, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry (Branch), V.P. Serbsky National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Senior Researcher, Department of Scientific and Methodological Support, Federal Coordination Center for the Provision of Psychological Services in the Education System of the Russian Federation, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4929-2908, e-mail: bannikov68@mail.ru

Olesya V. Vikhristyuk, PhD in Psychology, Director of Center for Emergent Psychological Aid, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5982-1098, e-mail: vihristukov@mgppu.ru

Igor Galynker, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Chemistry, Professor of Psychiatry, Institute name Aikana, Deputy Head of the Department for Research at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, Director of the Laboratory for Suicide Prevention and Research, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8083-9479, e-mail: galynke@gmail.com



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