Assessment and Prediction of Suicide


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 ...
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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

Jail suicides/school suicide prev. programs/economic-social factors/biology of suicide/hospital & clinic suicides/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This landmark volume provides a remarkably comprehensive reference source for both clinicians and researchers and it will undoubtedly become a definitive text in the field....In this truly monumental work of scholarship and readability, the editors clearly achieve their objective of describing the current state if the art of suicide assessment and prediction. I strongly recommend it to every professional involved in suicide intervention and research." --Margaret C. Kiely, Ph.D. in Readings
Contemporary Psychology

"Comprehensive, well-organized, and thoughtful...."--Contemporary Psychology

"Both the clinician and researcher will find it fascinating and a leading work in this field."--Depression
Threatening Behavior

"A creative and well edited volume with 45 stellar contributors....Clinicians, researchers, and scholars as well as those in health policy and the legal profession interested in improving quality of care and establishing standards of practice will find this volume comprehensive, useful, readable, and timely.-Suicide and Life"--Threatening Behavior
Omega (Journal of Death and Dying)

"I am impressed not only by the almost uniform excellence of the various chapters, but by the guiding hands of its editors, clearly seen in the overall organization and in the individual chapters. "--Omega (Journal of Death and Dying)

"Both the clinician and researcher will find it fascinating and a leading work in this field."--Depression
Covers concepts and theories, methods and quantification, specific single predictors, and comorbidity. Topics include jail suicides, methods, suicide notes and ideation, hospital and clinical suicides, school prevention programs, and socioeconomic factors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898627916
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/27/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
Ch. 1 Overview of the Study of Suicide Assessment and Prediction 3
Pt. II Concepts and Theories
Ch. 2 The Psychodynamic Formulation: An Aid in Assessing Suicide Risk 25
Ch. 3 A Conspectus of the Suicidal Scenario 50
Ch. 4 How Are Suicides Different? 65
Ch. 5 What Is Being Predicted?: Definitions of "Suicide" 88
Pt. III Methods and Quantification
Ch. 6 Prediction of Suicide in Psychiatric Patients: Report of a Prospective Study 105
Ch. 7 The Clinical Prediction of Adolescent Suicide 130
Ch. 8 Assessment in Absentia: The Value of the Psychological Autopsy Method for Studying Antecedents of Suicide and Predicting Future Suicides 144
Ch. 9 Personality Assessment in Suicide Prediction 183
Ch. 10 A Comparison and Review of Suicide Prediction Scales 202
Ch. 11 Statistical Concepts of Prediction 218
Pt. IV The Cases
Ch. 12 Five Potential Suicide Cases 235
Ch. 13 The Case Vignette Method of Suicide Assessment 255
Pt. V Specific Predictors of Suicide
Ch. 14 Mental Disorders, Psychiatric Patients, and Suicide 277
Ch. 15 Alcoholism and Drug Abuse 321
Ch. 16 Suicide Notes, Communication, and Ideation 337
Ch. 17 The Relation of Nonfatal Suicide Attempts to Completed Suicides 362
Ch. 18 Methods of Suicide 381
Ch. 19 Isolation, Seclusion, and Psychosocial Vulnerability as Risk Factors for Suicide behind Bars 418
Ch. 20 Risk Assessment and Prevention of Youth Suicide in Schools and Educational Contexts 420
Ch. 21 Predicting and Preventing Hospital and Clinic Suicides 448
Ch. 22 Clinical and Cognitive Predictors of Suicide 467
Ch. 23 Demographic Predictors of Suicide 484
Ch. 24 Suicide and the Media 499
Ch. 25 Economy, Work, Occupation, and Suicide 520
Ch. 26 Marriage, Family, Religion, and Suicide 540
Ch. 27 Suicide, Stress, and Coping with Life Cycle Events 553
Ch. 28 Genetics, Biology, and Suicide in the Family 574
Ch. 29 Impulsivity, Aggression, and Associated Affects: Relationship to Self-Destructive Behavior and Suicide 589
Ch. 30 Prediction of Self-Preservation Failures on the Basis of Quantitative Evolutionary Biology 607
Pt. VI Synthesis and Conclusions
Ch. 31 An Integrated Approach to Estimating Suicide Risk 625
Ch. 32 Summary and Conclusions: What Have We Learned about Suicide Assessment and Prediction? 640
Index 687
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