Preventing Elderly Suicide: Overcoming Personal Despair, Professional Neglect, and Social Bias

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 96. Reviews the book, Preventing Elderly Suicide: Overcoming Personal Despair, Professional Neglect, and Social Bias by Joseph Richman (1993). The fundamental premise of this book is that suicide in the elderly, just as in other age populations, reflects “a problem in living” that is deserving and responsive to therapeutic treatment. The author is critical of professional and popular opinions that hold that the elderly are making a sensible choice when they choose suicide and/or that psychotherapy is unlikely to help. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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