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Suicide
Theory, Practice and Investigation



September 2005 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Suicide is an ageless concern that has been with us as long as man has existed. Forbidden by all religions, suicide has nonetheless become such a practical problem that it is now an everyday concern, resulting in more annual deaths than homicide. Suicide must be seen as a societal and personal problem - it is a complex act with no simple explanation. The motivation is multifaceted, often not understood by the family or by other survivors.

Suicide is unique in that it offers an accessible overview of suicide. Written by Ronald M Holmes and Stephen T Holmes, two of the foremost authors of murder and violent crime books in the world, this book examines the social problem and criminal justice concerns of suicide from unique perspectives. The authors discuss the various forms of suicide and analyze the latest data on regional differences and how gender, marital status, occupation, health, drug use and religion all influence the practice of suicide.

 
Preface
 
Chapter 1 Suicide
Introduction  
General Conclusions  
References  
 
Chapter 2 History and Suicide
Introduction  
Selected Historical Analysis of Suicide  
Christianity and Suicide  
Emerging Ideas on Suicide  
Conclusions  
References  
 
Chapter 3 Theories and Types of Suicide
Introduction  
Emile Durkheim  
Durkheim's Suicide Typology  
Types of Suicide  
Selected Theories of Suicide  
Conclusions  
References  
 
Chapter 4 Youth and Suicide
Introduction  
Statisctics and Suicide  
Family Stability and Suicide  
Mental Health and Youth Suicide  
Youth Suicide and Correctional Facilities  
Youth Suicide and Substance Abuse  
Previous Attempts of Suicide and Completed Suicides  
Youth Suicide and Sexual/Physical Abuse  
Conclusions  
References  
 
Chapter 5 Suicide and the Elderly
Introduction  
Suicide and the Elderly  
Suicide of the Elderly and Statistics  
Suicide by the Elderly and Psychological Health  
Conclusions  
References  
 
Chapter 6 Suicide and Violence Among Inmates
Introduction  
Violence Among Inmates  
Battered Partners, Violence and Partner Suicide  
Family Violence and Suicide Among Adolescents  
Conclusions  
References  
 
Chapter 7 Suicide Letters: A Typology and Analysis
Introduction  
Suicide Notes and Letters  
Categories of Suicide Notes and Letters  
Implications of Suicide Notes for Suicide Investigation  
Conclusions  
References  
 
Chapter 8 Selected Atypical Studies
Introduction  
Physician-Assisted Suicide  
The Patient in Physician-Assisted Suicide  
Cults and Mass Suicide  
Conclusions  
References  
 
Chapter 9 Suicide Investigation
Suicide Investigation  
Hangings  
Poisons  
Self-Smothering  
Self-Inflicted Knife Wounds  
Self-Inflicted Gun Shot Wounds  
Jumpings  
Drownings  
Pedestrian Traffic Suicides  
Intentional Traffic Suicides  
Railroad Accidents  
Conclusions  
References  
 
Chapter 10 Depression, Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide
Introduction  
Suicide: The Role of Depression, Alcohol, and Drugs  
Conclusions  
References  
 
Chapter 11 Suicide and the Future
Introduction  
What We Have Learned  
How To Get Better  
Organizations For Help  
Conclusions  
References  

Ronald Holmes and Stephen Holmes offer a unique text aimed primarily at criminal justice undergraduates, though other behavioral science students will find this work a helpful reference text, too. . . . What makes this work distinctive is its forensic science overlay, as the authors offer detailed coverage on suicide notes and methods.

W. Feigelman
Nassau Community College
CHOICE

A fascinating read, but perhaps not as comprehasnsive as needed for my course

Mr Armin Luthi
Fac of Health & Social Care Sciences, Kingston University
May 29, 2015

Very helpful for students wanting a depth understanding - but not much for application of concepts in counselling and psychotherapy practice.

Dr Sarah Taylor
Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children and Young People , Northern Guild of Psychotherapy
October 25, 2014

This book has been very useful in understanding the thought and behaviour processes behind suicide. A really interesting read. The learners found it very insightful and interesting.

Ms Emma Parker
Access To Health, Birmingham Metropolitan College
October 9, 2013

A very unique text which will enable students studying criminal psychology to explore the complexities of suicide. Presented in a student friendly and comprehensive format.

Ms Jen Phipps
Law and Criminology, University of Aberystwyth
August 31, 2010

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