Chapter 11. Suicide, Attempted Suicide and Self-Injury

  1. David A. Crighton Deputy Chief Psychologist visiting Professor Deputy Head Consultant Psychologist past Secretary Treasurer Chief Examiner editorial board member1 and
  2. Graham J. Towl MPhil Chief Psychologist visiting Professor member Head recipient past Chair Treasurer external examiner2

Published Online: 12 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch11

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crighton, D. A. and Towl, G. J. (2008) Suicide, Attempted Suicide and Self-Injury, in Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch11

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universities of Aberdeen, London, UK

  2. 2

    Universities of Durham, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160100

Online ISBN: 9781444301724



  • suicide, attempted suicide and self-injury;
  • psychosocial models;
  • evidence-based interventions;
  • psychosocial interventions;
  • suicide involving complicated legal definition varying across jurisdictions;
  • International Classification of Diseases (ICD) categories;
  • definitions of self-injury - equally complex;
  • psychosocial interventions - methodological and ethical challenges


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Epidemiology

  • Psychosocial Models

  • Evidence-Based Interventions

  • Psychosocial Interventions

  • Neurobiological Interventions

  • Summary

  • Notes