Social and psychological determinants of suicidal behavior

Keywords: suicide, suicidal behavior, suicidal ideation, suicidal tendencies, suicidal predictors, social and psychological maladaptation, deviant behavior, pre-adult age.


The article is devoted to the coverage of socio-psychological factors of the emergence of suicidal behavior in pre-adult age. The article provides theoretical and methodological substantiation and empirical verification of the correlation of suicidal behavior in pre-adult age with psychological personality traits, identifies socio-psychological features of such behavior, as well as provides an empirical analysis of individually-psychological factors of suicidal ideation.

The author formed a phased model of the emergence of suicidal behavior, described its main stages, among which were identified: the inability to adapt to changes in the social environment, conflict in the microenvironment, social and psychological maladaptation, the emergence of deviant behavior, intractable intolerance.

There were also three groups of factors that provoked the emergence of suicidal behavior in pre-adult age: general psychological features of suicides; personal factors; family factors.

Selected 3 valid diagnostic methods are aimed at: research of manifestations and stages of development of suicidal behavior; research of the relatives’ presence of persons who have attempted or succeeded in suicide; research of personal psychological states that highly likely influenced the suicidal behavior. The sample was divided into three groups. Separation criteria were stages in the development of suicidal behavior.

It has been empirically proven that presuicidal behavior is conditioned by a multitude of influences. The most common of them are: the appearance of expressed anxiety, frustration, aggression, rigidity, as well as changes in the attitude to one's life and death.


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How to Cite
Riabchych, Y. (2020). Social and psychological determinants of suicidal behavior. Kyiv Journal of Modern Psychology and Psychotherapy, 1, 71-85.