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Understanding Suicidal Behaviour

ISBN: 978-1-85433-290-5
168 pages
April 2000, Wiley-Blackwell
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Beginning with a short history outlining different societies' attitudes to suicide, the book continues with a discussion of the difficulties of definition and measurement. The book includes a chapter on suicide letters and discusses whether they are a useful tool for understanding suicide. Finally, the book considers practical aspects and issues such as assisted suicide and suicide prevention.
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1. Suicide in the history of western civilisation.

2. Issues of definition, incidence and measurement.

3. Suicidal Behaviour I: clinical factors.

4. Suicidal Behaviour II: social factors.

5. Suicidal Behaviour III: person factors.

6. Suicide Communication I: suicide letters.

7. Suicide Communication II: Parasuicide.

8. Assisted Suicide.

9. Suicide Prevention.
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Dr. Rory O’ Connor is a lecturer in the Centre for Applied Social Psychology, Department of Psychology at the University of Strathclyde and has written and spoken widely on the subject of suicide.

Professor Noel Sheehy is head of research in the School of Psychology at the Queens University, Belfast, and is editor-in-chief of current psychological, associate editor of the British Journal of Psychological and series co-editor of International Library of Critical Writings in Psychology.

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  • Beginning with a short history outlining different societies' attitudes to suicide, the book continues with a discussion of the difficulties of definition and measurement.

  • The book includes a chapter on suicide letters and discusses whether they are a useful tool for understanding suicide.

  • Finally, the book considers practical aspects and issues such as assisted suicide and suicide prevention.
See More
"A very rewarding read both for its quality of research review and for the sensitivity with which it approached the issues." Dave Mearns, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, Vol 29, 2001
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