Understanding Suicide in Young African Americans: Suicide Theory and Kalief Browder

Mar 31, 2019 7:30am ‐ Mar 31, 2019 8:30am


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The interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide (IPTS) is composed of three distal factors: perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and acquired capability. The suicide rate for young African Americans is steadily increasing; Kalief Browder’s story highlights how the IPTS factors can be used to understand suicidal behavior in young African Americans. This session emphasizes the importance of utilizing empirically supported theory when assessing for suicide risk in young African Americans.

  • Counselors will learn about the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide.
  • Counselors will learn about suicidal behavior in young African-Americans.
  • Counselors will learn how to apply the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior as a theoretical framework for assessing risk in young African-Americans.

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