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Suicide

Kenneth R. Yeager

in Social Work

ISBN: 9780195389678
Published online May 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0041
Suicide

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Each year about 30,000 people in the United States and 1 million worldwide die by suicide, and 650,000 people in the United States receive emergency treatment each year after attempting suicide. Despite society’s concern for the act of suicide, there is no process designed to screen for suicide that has been proven to reduce mortality rates. Further, predicting which individuals who verbalize suicidal ideation will actually attempt suicide has not been achieved with a high degree of sensitivity or reliability. This entry provides information on risk factors for suicide, evaluation, initial management, and appropriate follow-up of the suicidal patient. The issue of suicide has mystified clinicians and academicians alike. The question: Why is it that members of the only species capable of taking an action of self-harm will, at times, decide to end their own lives? The issue of suicide is dichotomous: on one hand, suicide is viewed as a sin, a coward’s way out; on the other, it can be a heroic gesture if, for example, a soldier volunteers for a “suicide mission.” Suicide is an act that captures the hearts of millions, challenging the mind with extreme and vast questions, running the complete gamut of emotions from fascination to revulsion. Regardless of where the reader stands on this continuum, it is important to note that the subject matter is vast and the difficulties with completing studies on the subject are remarkable. In this light, this bibliography serves as a beginning point for examining this complex topic.

Article.  5537 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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