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Suicide Theory

Contemporary suicide theory has spread the spotlight beyond death by suicide through ideation-to-action frameworks (e.g., 3ST). However, there have been many noted concerns or critiques with suicidology. Given these concerns and the seemingly stalled progress our field has made, improving suicide theory to better approximate suicide as it exists are needed.

Ultimately, suicide theory seems to have stalled into a normal science and can, potentially, make headway by incorporating a more holistic versus reductionist approach to understanding ideation and behaviors. In addition, developmental perspectives (e.g., developmental systems metatheory) may have lots to add to our understanding to the development of suicide ideation and behaviors.

Tyler Pritchard
PhD Student, Sessional Professor, Researcher, and Clinician

My research interests include suicide and theory, research methods and statistics, and online activity.