Year: 1993 Source: New York: Springer Publishing Company, 1993. p.3-31 SIEC No: 19950399

This introductory chapter discusses the meaning & theoretical rationale of major demographic, epidemiological, & recognition signs of suicidal behaviour. Family risk factors, biomedical aspects, social cohesion versus alienation, & psychological aspects are discussed. A clinical overview of indicators discusses: depression, paranoia, social isolation, help rejection, alcoholism, unremitting pain, loss, major illness, & crisis in self & others. Recovery factors are outlined.