PSY 303 Week 3 Assignment Suicide Risks

PSY 303 Week 3 Assignment Suicide Risks

PSY 303 Week 3 Assignment Suicide Risks

Depression is a major risk factor for suicide.  The deep despair and hopelessness that is associated with depression often makes suicide seem like the only way to escape the pain. 

Thoughts of death or suicide are a serious symptom of depression.

For this assignment, search the internet and locate a suicide risk assessment instrument (website, quiz, questionnaire, etc) and discuss the risk factors for suicide that are identified in the assessment.  What role does depression play in suicide in regards to one’s age, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status?  How do these particular variables correlate to, and what impact do they have on suicide rates?  Additionally, based on the suicide risk assessment instrument you selected, discuss what you would say or do in response to someone you know who is having difficulties with interpersonal style, emotional regulation, or impulse control.  How would you react to someone who was threatening suicide in an overly dramatic way?


Your paper should be two to three pages (excluding title and reference pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.  You must utilize at least two peer-reviewed journal articles that were published within the last five years to support your discussion (in addition to the selected suicide risk assessment instrument that you identify).  All sources must be cited according to APA format.   

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment. 

Gathering Collateral Information. Each assignment in this course will help you prepare your Final Paper. For all assignments, you will use the movie character or historical figure that you used in your Week Two assignment and selected in your Week One journal.

After gathering your patient’s history, it is considered good practice to contact people who interact with the patient on a regular basis and/or are related to the patient. These people often provide valuable insights into the patient’s behavior(s) and mindset. Typically, the gathered information provides a context for the patient’s environment.

For this assignment, you will write another section of your Final Paper. View the complete instructions for the Final Paper in the link within Week Five of your online course or the “Components of Course Evaluation” section of this guide.

Your assignment this week must cover the following section of your psychological report and include the heading aslisted:

IX. Collateral

Within this section, you will interpret specific collateral information as it relates to your patient’s abnormal behavior and behavior patterns. You will also integrate information and knowledge regarding the patient’s culture in your evaluation of the maladaptive behavior as reported by the collateral sources.

Typically, this section within a psychological report seeks to answer the following questions (further elaboration within this section is encouraged where possible):