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ERIC Number: EJ1016448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1546-2781
Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies for Suicide among the Elderly
Franks, Rebecca; Burnett, Donna O.; Evans, Retta R.
Alabama Counseling Association Journal, v38 n2 spec iss p32-42 2012
Suicide is a preventable public health concern affecting the nation as the 10th leading cause of death. The prevalence of suicide among the elderly is higher than any other group. Risk factors attributed to this phenomenon are depression, social isolation, substance abuse, poor physical health or function, financial stress, and access to lethal means, among others. Protective factors have been identified, as well. Prevention of suicide among the elderly is of utmost importance, and national and state-level task forces and prevention strategies are leading prevention efforts. Suicidality is considered to be "a state of total pain, which, coupled with neurological impairment, limits the perceived options to either enduring (suffering through) or ending utter agony." This represents an important paradigm shift in the way researchers believe suicide occurs. This article provides an overview of factors that contribute to suicide among the elderly, prevention strategies, and examples of national, state and community-based prevention programs. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama
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