On the Role of Impulsivity and Decision-Making in Suicidal Behavior

Y Gvion, Y Levi-Belz, G Hadlaczky, A Apter

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Suicide risk constitutes a complex set of interacting demographic, clinical, psychobiological and environmental variables. Impulsivity is a long-known risk factor for suicide attempts. However, research based on clearer conceptual refinement in this area is imperative. One emerging field of study is that of decision-making. Impulsivity involves a failure of higher-order control, including decision-making. Using standardized operational definitions that take into consideration relevant aspects of impulsivity, including state- and trait-components and a deeper understanding of the process of decision-making in the suicidal mind, we may come a step closer to understanding suicidality and winning the fight in this scourge of human suffering
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)255-259
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - 22 Sep 2015


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