Year: 2002 Source: Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas, (2002). p.168-179 SIEC No: 20090704

This chapter reviews the high rate of suicide among older people, especially older, white alcoholics. Common suicidal situations were examined including depression, widowhood, chronic health problems, & alcoholism. Different types of suicide were identified including physician-assisted suicide & rational suicide. Explanations for the growing support for these practices are offered. Factors contributing to high suicidality were examined including crisis situations, lack of control in making decisions, & alcoholism relapse. A glossary of terms & 6 study questions are included. (28 refs.)