Modern theories of suicidal behavior in adolescents and young people



We propose three current models, formulated over the last decade and not yet published in Russian, focused on teenage suicide: the development model of suicidal behavior in adolescents (J.A. Bridge, T.R. Goldstein, D.A. Brent); interpersonal model of (T.E. Joiner); some recent developments in the cognitive theory (A. Spirito, J.D. Matthews, A. Wenzel, A.T. Beck). Four groups of psychological aid targets for adolescents with suicidal tendencies are revealed: 1) targets of the current emotional state of a teenager (feelings of abandonment, self-perception as a burden to the loved ones, anxiety, hopelessness, heartache); 2) targets affecting personal predispositions (primitive defense mechanisms, impulsivity, aggression); 3) targets associated with cognitive functioning (cognitive rigidity, black-and-white thinking, thinking errors); and 4) targets reflecting a need to work with behavioral manifestations (narrow range of coping strategies used).

General Information

Keywords: antivital experiences, teenage suicide, remote consultation, targets of psychological work.

Journal rubric: Psychological Counseling

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Pavlova T.S., Bannikov G.S. Modern theories of suicidal behavior in adolescents and young people [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie [Psychological Science and Education], 2013. Vol. 5, no. 4 (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Tat'iana S. Pavlova, PhD in Psychology, research associate, research laboratory «Scientific and Methodological Basis of Emergent Psychological Aid», Center for Emergent Psychological Aid, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

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:, e-mail:



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