Year: 1992 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.22, no.1, (Spring 1992), p.62-79 SIEC No: 19920449

This paper outlines the sparse literature on the topic of suicide notes of the older adults & then presents the author’s own life-span research related to the elderly. The research indicated that long-term instability was critical in understanding suicide in the older adult. Older males often wrote about painful personal problems in their notes; this pain was significant in their final decision. Future research, specifically regarding a protocol analysis, will be discussed. (57 refs.)