Suicide Theories

Suicide Theories

Introduction and Alignment

The PMHNP should have an understanding of the different etiologies underlying suicidal behavior in order to assess and intervene effectively.

Upon completion of this assignment, you should be able to:

  • Research theories of suicide.
  • Explain how these theories are important in your practice.


  • Textbook: Sadock, B.J., Sadock, V.A., & Ruiz, P. (2015) – Chapter 23
  • Textbook: Wheeler, K. (2014) – pages 143-167.


  1. Research theories of suicide.
  2. Write a 3 page paper comparing and contrasting at least 2 theories of suicide.
    1. Is there one theory that resonates most with you?  Explain why.
    2. How can you use these theories in practice?
  3. Use APA formatting throughout the paper, citations/references should be included
  4. When you have completed your assignment, save a copy for yourself and submit a copy to your instructor using the Dropbox by the end of the workshop.

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Assessment Criteria



Question answered comprehensively

  • 2 theories discussed – both compare and contrast (20)
  • Discuss how both could be used in practice (10)
  • Pick one that fits with their clinical practice – explains reasoning (10) 


Paper APA formatted, references and citations in correct APA format


Writing style/punctuation/grammar, minimum length of 3 pages


Total Points


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