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Suicide Statistics Psychology Notes
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Most people faced with difficult situations never attempt suicide In an effort to explain suicide-proneness, theorists have proposed more fundamental explanations for self-destructive behavior Leading theories come from the psychodynamic, sociocultural, and biological perspectives None of these explanations has received strong research support
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Peer victimization and suicide Recent CDC study: Youth bullied by peers vs. non-bullied youth 2.4 times more likely to report suicidal thoughts 3.3 times more likely to report suicidal behavior
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Underlying causes of suicide Psychodynamic view- Depression and anger at others that is redirected toward self Childhood losses Thanatos – “death instinct”
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Sociocultural view Durkheim’s categories: Egoistic suicides- people over whom society has no control Altruistic suicides- intentional sacrifice of life for benefit of others Anomic suicides- lack of stable structures to give support and meaning to life
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Biological view Genetic factors Low serotonin levels may have a role beyond depression
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2011 for the course PSYCH 3140 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Georgia State University, Atlanta.

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