Suicide in the Context of the Transition to Adulthood

  • Richard A. Young
  • Sheila K. Marshall
  • Ladislav Valach
  • José F. Domene
  • Matthew D. Graham
  • Anat Zaidman-Zait


For the majority of young people and their parents, the time during which youth make the transition to adulthood might prove to be, though strenuous and challenging, an enriching and happy experience. However, for a small number of youth, this period takes a disastrous turn when they consider suicide, attempt a suicide, or die in the course or as a result of a suicide action. In this chapter we present two contrasting views of suicide. The traditional view of suicide and suicide prevention in adolescence and youth is based on the probabilistic assessment of risk. In contrast, an action-theory perspective focuses on goal-directed actions, projects, and career processes of youth. The latter view allows for understanding the link between the life-limiting and life-destroying processes that suicide represents and life-enhancing processes in the lives of young people. We caution readers that it is not our intention in this chapter to provide an intervention manual for suicide prevention.


Suicide Attempt Suicide Prevention Gender Nonconformity Suicidal Adolescent Suicidal Youth 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Young
    • 1
  • Sheila K. Marshall
    • 2
  • Ladislav Valach
    • 3
  • José F. Domene
    • 4
  • Matthew D. Graham
    • 5
  • Anat Zaidman-Zait
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Educational, Counselling Psychology and Special EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.School of Social Work, University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.BremgartenSwitzerland
  4. 4.University of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada
  5. 5.Orion HealthSurreyCanada
  6. 6.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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