Modern Trends of Clinical Psychology Research:​​​​​​​ Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide with Special Focus on Young People



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The course reviews the risk and protective factors for suicide on the base of the actual knowledge. About 800,000 people die from suicide annually, in age group 15-29 it is the second leading cause of death. In case of people who commit or attempt suicide, 90 percent of them suffer from psychiatric disorder – mostly untreated. The goal of the course is to get acquinted with researches in this field. Besides psychiatric disorders overviewing the latest researches in the field of further risk factors (family history, life events, special life stages) is also part of the course syllabus. In the semester students also get acquinted with the biological researches in the field (neurocognitive, neuroanatomic, biomarker, genetic, epigenetic). As part of the course besides overviewing risk factors getting acquinted with researches in the field of protective factors (individual, family, society level) takes place as well.

  • DeVylder JE, Lukens EP, Link BG, Lieberman JA. (2015) Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among adults with psychotic experiences: data from the collaborative psychiatric epidemiology surveys. JAMA Psychiatry. 72(3):219-25. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2663.
  • Grandclerc S, De Labrouhe D, Spodenkiewicz M, Lachal J, Moro MR. (2016) Relations between Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Suicidal Behavior in Adolescence: A Systematic Review. PLoS One.11(4):e0153760.
  • Kvaran RB, Gunnarsdottir OS, Kristbjornsdottir A, Valdimarsdottir UA, Rafnsson V. (2015) Number of visits to the emergency department and risk of suicide: a population-based casecontrol study.BMC Public Health. 15:1544. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-1544-5.
  • Pennel L, Quesada JL, Begue L, Dematteis M. (2015) Is suicide under the influence of alcohol a deliberate self-harm syndrome? An autopsy study of lethality. J Affect Disord.177C:80-85. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2015.02.006.
  • Wasserman D, Hoven CW, Wasserman C, Wall M, Eisenberg R, Hadlaczky G, Kelleher I, Sarchiapone M, Apter A, Balazs J, Bobes J, Brunner R, Corcoran P, Cosman D, Guillemin F, Haring C, Iosue M, Kaess M, Kahn JP, Keeley H, Musa GJ, Nemes B, Postuvan V, Saiz P, Reiter-Theil S, Varnik A, Varnik P, Carli V. (2015) School-based suicide prevention programmes: the SEYLE cluster-randomised, controlled trial. Lancet. Lancet. 385(9977):1536-44. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61213-7.