Year: 1992 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.22, no.1, (Spring 1992), p.15-35 SIEC No: 19920446

Suicide rates in most countries are higher among the elderly than among the population as a whole. Epidemiological data for the current levels & trends in suicide among the elderly are presented with a focus on U.S.A. figures. Age, sex, race, marital status, & methods of suicide as factors in suicide among the old are detailed, followed by a discussion of past trends & future predictions. Data & literature on parasuicide & survivors of elderly suicide are briefly noted. (49 refs.)