Suicide: A Global Issue.pdf
David Lester, PhD, is distinguished professor of psychology at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is a former president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and has published extensively on suicide, murder, and other issues in thanatology. Recent books include Suicide in Professional and Amateur Athletes: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Prevention; Understanding & Preventing College Student Suicide; Preventing Suicide: Why We Don't and How We Might; A Multiple Self Theory of Personality; Is There Life after Death? An Examination of the Empirical Evidence; and Katie's Diary: Unlocking the Mystery of a Suicide. The late James R. Rogers, PhD, earned a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from The University of Akron in 1993. He taught in the Department of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology at Youngstown State University and was adjunct professor of behavioral sciences at Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine and professor in the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Akron. Rogers was a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio, specializing in suicide and disaster relief psychology.
Exceeding previously available studies in both scope and depth, the two-volume Suicide: A Global Issue explores and explains both why suicides - and suicide attempts - occur and what can be done to prevent them. The first volume, Understanding, considers factors that may play into the choice to take one's life, discussing forces as varied as culture, psychology, religion, and biology. The second volume, Prevention, covers steps that can be taken to prevent suicide, whether individually or by society as a whole. Articles by widely respected experts consider questions such as why people kill themselves, why some countries have extremely high suicide rates, and whether the treatment of suicidal individuals actually prevents them from taking their lives. Each chapter presents incidents, research, and actions from nations around the globe, as well as from the United States.