Assessment and Prediction of Suicide

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Ronald W. Maris, American Association of Suicidology
Guilford Press, 1992 - Psychology - 697 pages
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Assessment and Prediction of Suicide is a comprehensive reference volume that includes contributions from today's top suicide experts. It presents an up-to-date, authoritative statement of the current knowledge in the field. Wide-ranging in scope, with 32 chapters expressing a variety of ideas and approaches, it covers: Concepts and theories Methods and quantification (including suicide prediction scales and psychological testing) In-depth case histories Specific single predictors applied to the case histories Comorbidity In addition, the book includes special topics such as jail suicides, school suicide prevention programs, economic and social factors, biology of suicide, hospital and clinic suicides, aggression, methods of suicide, suicide notes and ideation, the media, religion, life stress, and statistics of prediction. A unique feature of this volume is the integration of five common case studies. Each of the authors discusses them with respect to assessment and prediction of outcome, revealing how clinician and scientist, respectively, attempt to analyze a suicide problem. The actual outcome of the cases is presented in the final chapter, along with a proposed integration of single predictors and a discussion of interaction effects.

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Ronald W. Maris, Ph.D., directs the Center for the Study of Suicide and is Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches suicide death investigation and prevention to psychiatric residents, physicians, nurses, and medical students. He is also editor of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, the official journal of the American Association of Suicidology. The author of numerous journal articles on suicide, Dr. Maris has served as either author or editor of 11 books on the topic. He is past president and treasurer of the American Association of Suicidology and is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

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