Year: 1994 Source: Albany, NY: Delmar Publishers Inc., 1994. p.229-259 SIEC No: 19950977

This chapter begins with a discussion of the epidemiology of suicide in the United States by age groups, ethnic groups & gender. Theoretical perspectives are presented in the categories of philosophical, sociological, psychoanalytic, biochemical & preventionist. Suicide prevention centres & individual suicide prevention, with information about myths & warning signs, is discussed next. The chapter concludes by describing the impact of suicide on survivors & health care professionals.