Elder Suicide: Research, Theory, and Treatment
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.