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Suicidal elderly people in clinical and community settings

Diego De Leo, Brian Draper and Karolina Krysinska

in Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198570059
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199640461 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0095

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Suicidal elderly people in clinical and community settings

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Suicide in old age is still exposed to misunderstandings and controversies. From one side, in fact, it is the object of idiosyncratic interpretations (e.g. if subjects of advanced age are so close to their natural exit from life, why should they decide to hasten it?). From the other, the very answers to this question have fed a rationalistic view of elderly suicide that is widespread among community members: that self-killing may become an acceptable solution when facing the pains and miseries of old age (De Leo 1988).

Chapter.  18476 words. 

Subjects: Old Age Psychiatry

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