Elder Suicide: Research, Theory, and Treatment
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
In our society, older persons are among those at the highest risk of suicide, and at no life period are the causes of suicide more complex. Elder Suicide helps clinicians, researchers, and educators understand the general and personal aspects of elder suicide. This volume synthesizes research findings, identifies gaps in our knowledge, and explores current controversies.
Elder Suicide presents epidemiological trends and identifies special high-risk factors for suicide among elders. Thoughtful theoretical discussions examine sociological, psychological, biological, and other theories of suicide. While emphasizing the cognitive–behavioral orientation, the book provides an overview of clinical approaches to depressed and suicidal elders, identifying aspects unique to elder suicide, exploring assessment and intervention modalities, and specifying warning signs.
Varied case histories illustrate the many complicated aspects of elder suicide. The book also explores sensitive ethical and philosophical issues raised by elder suicide, including the current debate over assisted suicide.
This unique and well-referenced work brings together the diverse expertise of its authors in geriatric clinical practice, suicidology, psychology, and mental health, as well as epidemiology and research.
—Edwin S. Shneidman
- Epidemiology: The Variety and Extent of Suicidal Behavior in Older Adulthood
- Theories of Suicide
- Special High-Risk Factors in Suicide Among Older Adults
- Clinical Approaches to Depressed and Suicidal Elders
- Suicide Assessment and Intervention With the Elderly
- Prevention, Ethics, and Unresolved Issues
Appendix: Assessment Instruments
About the Authors
John L. McIntosh, PhD, is currently a professor of psychology on the faculty at Indiana University at South Bend, where he has taught since 1979. He completed his undergraduate work at Western Kentucky University and received his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. McIntosh is review editor of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Dr. McIntosh holds the office of president of the association for 1993–94 and has previously served as secretary of the AAS Board of Directors. He was the 1990 recipient of the American Association of Suicidology's prestigious Shneidman Award, given to a person below the age of 40 who has made scholarly contributions in research to the field of suicidology. Dr. McIntosh was the program chair of the 1990 23rd annual AAS meeting in New Orleans.
John F. Santos, PhD, is emeritus professor of psychology and former director of the GERAS Center at the University of Notre Dame. He is editor emeritus of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, a multidisciplinary journal in the field of aging. He received his doctoral degree in psychology from Tulane University and completed postdoctoral work at the University of Texas. He served as project and program director at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas, and was director of field studies for the Peace Corps and the Agency for International Development in Brazil. In addition, he was the Ford Foundation's Population Advisor for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. He is a trustee of the Retirement Research Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Aging Research and has served on the National Advisory Council on Aging of the National Institute of Health in Washington.
Richard W. Hubbard, PhD, is assistant professor of psychology at Indiana University at South Bend. He was formerly assistant director of the GERAS Program at the University of Notre Dame as well as the Director of Geriatric Education at the Medical School of Case Western Reserve University's Geriatric Education Center in Cleveland, Ohio. His doctoral degree in psychology was earned from the University of Notre Dame. He later completed the postdoctoral respecialization program in clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology at Case Western Reserve University and completed his APA Internship in clinical psychology at the Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Hubbard is a licensed psychologist in practice at the Stress Recovery Center in South Bend, Indiana.
James C. Overholser, PhD, received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Ohio State University. He completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Program in Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island. He also served as research faculty at Brown University. Dr. Overholser is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He provides clinical training and supervision through Case Western's graduate program and postdoctoral respecialization training program in clinical psychology. Dr. Overholser is actively involved in research on risk factors for suicide in adolescents and adults. He is the current President of the American Suicide Foundation of Northeast Ohio.