Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Kimberly A. Gorgens
First Committee Member
Peter M. Gutierrez
Second Committee Member
Suicide, American adults, suicide survivors
Suicide is currently the 10th leading cause of death among Americans overall and is the second leading cause of death among American adults between the ages of 18 and 34 (Kochanek, Murphy, Xu, & Tejada-‐Vera, 2016). In addition to the number of people who die by suicide, each suicide death costs $1,287,534 in lost revenue, mental health costs, and medical expenses (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2017). Suicide also takes a toll on people who knew or were close with the person who died. For every one suicide, there are approximately 115 suicide survivors. Put another way, sixty percent of the population report they know at least one person who has attempted or died by suicide (Cerel, Maple, Aldrich, & van de Venne, 2013).
Fajardo, Clara Luisa, "The Impact of Negative Affect and Positive Self-perception on Acquired Capability for Suicide in the Veteran Population" (2017). Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 275.