Year: 1989 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v. 19, no. 1, (Spring 1989), p. 131-146 SIEC No: 19890461

This chapter discusses the usefulness of epidemiologic surveys in studying suicidal behavior in the population by presenting a brief overview of their purpose & characteristics. Itsummarizes 5 recent surveys that estimated prevalence & correlates of suicidal behaviors in various communities. Similarities & differences among studies are discussed; explanations of some differences are proposed. Advantages, disadvantages & perspective the epidemiologic survey provides are addressed. (KM)