Year: 1995 Source: International Psychogeriatrics, v.7, no.2, (1995), p.137-148 SIEC No: 19980602

This article presents the epidemiology of suicide with a special focus on elderly suicide. The known risk factors for suicide are discussed within a framework designed to encourage a systematic approach to theory testing & prevention. Risk factors for suicide can be classified as distal or proximal, & within these categories as sociodemographic, psychiatric, biological, familial & situational. Mental & addictive disorders are the major risk factors for suicide in all age groups. (49 refs.)