Is prevention of suicide worth less? A comparison of the value per statistical life

This paper compares the value per statistical life (VSL) in the context of suicide prevention to that of prevention of traffic fatalities. We conducted a┬ácontingent valuation survey with questions on willingness to pay (WTP) in both contexts by administering a web questionnaire to 1038 individuals aged 18 to 80. We conjectured that WTP for a[…]

Values, ethics and aging.

This in-depth study of why aging in America is considered a “problem” scrutinizes how our values and ethics have shaped attitudes, behaviors and service provisions to older persons. It is demonstrated that the kinds of lives open to older persons in contemporary society are less determined by biological, psychological and social factors than they are[…]

Values as moderators of the association between interpersonal-psychological constructs and suicidal ideation among veterans.

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Psychological strains found in the suicides of 72 celebrities.

The interpretation of suicide involves theories from many disciplines, and the strain theory of suicide is a social├Épsychological model that attempts to account for this complicated behavior. We have earlier explored the presence of psychological strains in a number of diverse samples of suicides and in the present study, we identified the strains experienced throughout[…]

The Suicide of Ajax: a Note on Occupational Strain as a Neglected Factor in Suicidology (IN: Suicide and the Creative Arts, edited by S Stack & D Lester)

This chapter illustrates the utility of applying insights from one of the oldest surviving portrayals of suicide in art, that of the Greek warrior Ajax. It tests a hypothesis, based on this case, that occupational strain contributes to suicide risk. Analysis is based on data from 15,739 psychological autopsies done in the contemporary United States.[…]

“Just Like the Qing Empire”: Internet Addiction, MMOGs, and Moral Crisis in Contemporary China

This article examines discourse about Internet addictions & video game-related suicide in China. Through an analysis of media reports, interview transcripts, & chat rooms, a preliminary account of the origins of contemporary Chinese concerns with Internet addiction is provided. The study approach draws on anthropological & sociological models of the cultural constructions of social problems[…]

Psychological Tensions Found in Suicide Notes: a Test for the Strain Theory of Suicide

This research has content-analyzed 40 suicide notes (20 by those who died by suicide & 20 by suicide attempters) & found strong support for the strain theory of suicide. Although little difference is found in the number & pattern of strains between the completers & attempters, both groups have many aspirations & coping strains &[…]

Gender and Cultural Patterns of Suicidal Behavior: Young Hindustani Immigrant Women in The Netherlands

This article explores multi-disciplinary explanations for suicidal behaviour among young Hindustani immigrant women in the Netherlands. It is suggested young Hindustani women who display suicidal behaviour possess certain personality & cognitive constellations that are interlocked with specific parenting styles in stressful family environments. These families are embedded in a context of moral transformations & may[…]

Doctors Must not Kill (IN: Euthanasia: the Good of the Patient, the Good of Society, ed. by R I Misbin)


Assessing the Meaning of Suicidal Risk Behavior in Adolescents: Three Exercises for Clinicians