A cognitive understanding of adolescent suicide

C. J. Lennings*

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Suicide ultimately requires a decision. In this article, I review a number of cognitive concepts--decision making, the development of a suicide schemata, covert rehearsal, cognitive rigidity, and time perspective--and I propose a model suggesting that suicide can be understood as an essentially cognitive act affected by these elements. The model highlights the importance of distortions of time perspective as a precursor for suicidal behavior. I propose this model as an additional set of explanatory factors to those commonly in use, such as family and peer estrangement and life events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-307
Number of pages19
JournalGenetic, social, and general psychology monographs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1994
Externally publishedYes


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