The Oxford Handbook of Suicide and Self-Injury

The Oxford Handbook of Suicide and Self-Injury

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Suicide is a perplexing human behavior that remains among the leading causes of death worldwide, responsible for more deaths each year than all wars, genocide, and homicide combined. Although suicide and other forms of self-injury have baffled scholars and clinicians for thousands of years, the past few decades have brought significant leaps in our understanding of these behaviors. This volume provides a comprehensive summary of the most important and exciting advances in our understanding of suicide and self-injury and our ability to predict and prevent it. Comprised of a formidable who's who in the field, the handbook covers the full spectrum of topics in suicide and self-injury across the lifespan, including the classification of different self-injurious behaviors, epidemiology, assessment techniques, and intervention. Chapters probe relevant issues in our society surrounding suicide, including assisted suicide and euthanasia, suicide terrorism, overlap between suicidal behavior and interpersonal violence, ethical considerations for suicide researchers, and current knowledge on survivors of suicide. The most comprehensive handbook on suicide and self-injury to date, this volume is a must-read text for graduate students, fellows, academic and research psychologists, and other researchers working in the brain and behavioral sciences.Some consider physician assistance in suicide or euthanasia as a last resort for a dignified death. ... One of the most important arguments in this debate states that it is wrong to allow physician assistance in dying because the negative consequences outweigh ... This chapter is concluded with some general comments on the pros and cons of legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Title:The Oxford Handbook of Suicide and Self-Injury
Author:Matthew K. Nock
Publisher:Oxford University Press - 2014-05-05


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