Women and Attempted Suicide

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 225–226. Reviews the book, Women and Attempted Suicide by Raymond Jack (1992). This book discusses one type of suicide, self-poisoning, in Great Britain. From 1957 to 1985, self-poisoning was most common among working-class women in their 20s, although the rate of self-poisoning fell from 1970 to 1985 Jack argues that gender has been ignored in discussion of these data and that theories to explain this behavior are inadequate. Lacking are current conceptualizations of multiple roles, role flexibility, and role strain. Mental health literature on the treatment of women, suicide assessment and treatment, and gender and class factors in psychotherapy outcome is not reviewed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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