Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198834441

Danuta Wasserman
792 Pages
219 x 276 mm
Pub date
Dec 2020
Oxford Textbooks in Psychiatry
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Approximately 1 million people commit suicide world-wide annually and around 10 million attempt suicide each year. Suicide is a major public health problem throughout the world, and major efforts are currently being made to help reduce these numbers. However, suicide is the result of complex interactions between a range of factors, including historical, psychological, cultural, biological, and social, and any approach to treating the problem of suicide has to consider all these factors. This new edition of the Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention has been thoroughly updated and expanded since publication of the first edition in 2009. This comprehensive resource covers all aspects of suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention from a number of different perspectives, including its underlying religious and cultural factors; its political, social and economic causes; its psychiatric and somatic determinants; and its public health impacts. The new edition includes several new clinically focussed chapters devoted to major psychiatric disorders and their relation to suicide, including mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, psychosis/schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and personality disorders. It also includes a fully updated section on psychometric scales used for measuring suicidal behaviour and instruments used in suicide preventative interventions. Part of the authoritative Oxford Textbooks in Psychiatry series, this second edition will continue to serve as the key reference source for both researchers and professionals working in the areas of suicidology and suicide prevention, including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, public health specialists, and neuroscientists.


Part I: Suicide in a Religious and Cross-cultural Perspective
1 Camilla Wasserman: Religion, more than just protective
2 Herman M van Praag: The role of religion in suicide prevention
3 Wu Fei: Confucianism, Taosim, and suicide
4 Lakshmi Vijayakumar: Hindu religion and suicide in India
5 Somparn Promta and Prakarn Thomyangkoon: A Buddhist perspective on suicide
6 Yoshihiro Kaneko, Akiko Yamasaki, and Kiminori Arai: The Shinto religion and suicide in Japan
7 Aaron Rabinowitz and Israel Orbach: Suicide in the Jewish scriptures
8 Ahmed Okasha and Tarek Okasha: Suicide and Islam
9 Oivind Ekeberg and Nils Retterstol: Christianity and suicide
10 Emilio Ovuga and Jed Boardman: The role of religion in suicide prevention work in Uganda
11 Gaspar Baquedano: Maya religion and traditions: Inauencing suicide prevention in contemporary Yucatan, Mexico
Part 2: The Magnitude and Implication of Suicide and Attempted Suicide
12 Jose M Bertolote and Danuta Wasserman: Development of definitions of suicidal behaviours: from suicidal thoughts to completed suicides
13 Alexandra Fleischmann and Elise Paul: A global perspective on suicides and suicide attempters
14 Emma Bjorkenstam, Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz, and Armin Schmidtke: Attempted Suicide
15 Romuald Brunner, Kathrin Mikan, Maximilian Niebler, and Stephanie Kandsperger: International perspective on non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI)
16 David Lester: Extended suicide
17 Herbert Hendin, Kathleen Foley and Josephine Hendin: Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Netherlands and Oregon: A Medical and Psychological Perspective
18 Philippe Courtet and Emilie Olie: Legislation and ethics of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in psychiatric patients: evidence from Benelux
Part 3: Theories of Suicidal Behaviour
19 Ilkka Henrik Makinen and Yerko Rojas: Social theories of suicide
20 Elsa Ronningstam, Igor Weinberg, and John T. Maltsberger: Psychoanalytic theories of suicide: historical overview and empirical evidence
21 David Rudd and Andrea Perez Munoz: Psychological theories of suicidal behaviour
22 Gustavo Turecki: Biological theories of suicidal behaviour
23 Danuta Wasserman, Jerzy Wasserman, Dan Rujescu, and Marcus Sokolowski: Neurobiology and the genetics of suicide
Part 4: Political, Social and Economic Determinants of Suicide
24 Airi Varnik and Peeter Varnik: Suicide during transition in the Former Soviet Union
25 David Lester: Suicide during war and genocides
26 Vsevolod Rozanov: Suicide in military settings
27 Marco Sarchiapone and Miriam Iosue: Suicide in prisons and remand centres: Risk factors and prevention
28 Adam Montgomery and Dinesh Bhugra: Suicide among migrants
29 Jennifer Hughes and Gergo Hadlaczky: Suicide and attempted suicide among indigenous people
30 Ilkka Henrik Makinen, Yerko Rojas and Danuta Wasserman: Labour market, work environment and suicide
Part 5: Psychiatric and Somatic Determinants of Suicide
31 Jouko Lonnqvist: Mood and anxiety disorders in suicide and suicide at-tempters
32 Herbert Hendin: Post-traumatic stress disorder and risk for suicide in combat veterans
33 Tine Maes and Geert Dom: Alcohol, other psychoactive substance use disorders, and suicide
34 Merete Nordentoft and Trine Madsen: Suicide among people with psychosis in schizophrenia spectrum epidemiology and prevention
35 Maj Vinberg and Merete Nordentoft: Suicidal behaviour and bipolar disorder: risk and resilience factors
36 Judit Balazs and Lili Olga Horvath: Suicidal behaviour and non-suicidal self-injury among patients with eating disorders
37 Mira Levis Frenk and Alan Apter: Adjustment disorder and suicide in adult and youth population
38 Barbara Stanley, Raksha Kandlur, and Jennifer Jones: Risk for suicidal behaviour in personality disorders
Part 6: Somatic and gender Determinants of Suicide
39 Elsebeth Stenager, Egon Stenager and Annette Erlangsen: Somatic diseases and suicidal behaviour
40 Silvia Sara Canetto: Women and suicidal behaviour: New directions in theory, research and prevention
41 Wolfgang Rutz and Zoltan Rihmer: Suicide in men: Suicide prevention for the male person
42 Helen Keeley, Fiachra O Suilleabhain and Marie Leane: Sexual and gender minority populations and suicidal behaviours
Part 7: Suicide Risk Assessment
43 Gergo Hadlaczky: Decision making and biases in suicide risk assessment
Psychometric Measures
44 Hilario Blasco Fontecilla and Jose de Leon: Scales for the evaluation of suicide risk
Clinical Measures
45 Mark Schechter and John T. Maltsberger: The role of the clinical interview in suicide risk assessment
46 Herbert Hendin: Recognizing a suicide crisis in psychiatric patients
Biological Measures
47 J. John Mann and Dianne Currier: Biological predictors of suicidal behaviour in mood disorders
48 Katherin Sudol and Maria A Oquendo: Neuroimaging of Suicidal Behaviour: A Decade of Progress
Part 8: Cost of Suicide and Prevention Strategies
49 David McDaid, Brendan Kennelly, Susan Andrie, and Brendan McElroy: An economic perspective on suicide across the five continents
50 Danuta Wasserman: Strategies in suicide prevention
Part 9: Health Care Strategies
Early Detection
51 Corinna Reichl and Michael Kaess: Early detection of risk-taking, self-harming, and suicidal behaviour
52 Zoltan Rihmer and Wolfgang Rutz: Early detection and management of suicidal patients in primary care
53 Emily Halford, Alison M. Lake, and Madelyn S. Gould: Crisis hotlines
54 Hans-Jurgen Moller: Pharmacological and other biological treatments of suicidal individuals
55 Mark J. Goldblatt and John T. Maltsberger: Countertransference in the treatment of suicidal patients
56 The psychological and behavioural treatment of suicidal behaviour: what are the common elements of treatments that worka
57 Beth S. Brodsky, Barbara Stanley, and Ilana Gratch: Dialectical behaviour therapy for suicidal individuals
58 Megan Chesin and Barbara Stanley: Cognitive and Other Therapies for Suicidal Individuals
59 Bjorn Meyer: Online treatment programmes for suicidal persons: Current evidence and future directions
60 Lars Mehlum: Treatment of suicide attempts and suicidal patients in psychiatric care
61 Natalie B. Riblet and Brian Shiner: Prevention of suicide following psychiatric hospitalization
62 Karolina Krysinska and Karl Andriessen: Family psycho-education after a suicide attempt
63 Thomas Bronisch and Flora von Spreti: Art in suicide treatment and prevention
Part 10: Survivors of Suicide Loss
64 Karl Andriessen and Karolina Krysinska: Suicide loss: Characteristics and support for people bereaved by suicide
65 Onja T. Grad: Therapists as survivors of suicide loss
Part 11: Young People and Suicide
66 Maya Iohan-Barak and Israel Orbach: Psychopathology and risk factors for suicide in the young
67 Mira Levis Frenk, Cendrine Bursztein, and Alan Apter: Psychiatric disorders in suicide and suicide attempters
68 Gil Zalsman, Gal Shoval and Nir Lubad: The link between physical disorders and suicidality in children and adolescents
69 David Brent: Effective treatments for suicidal youth: Psychosocial and pharmacological approaches
70 Anthony Spirito, Christianne Esposito-Smythers, and Shayna Cheek: Individual therapy techniques with suicidal adolescents
Part 12: Elderly People and Suicide
71 Diego De Leo, Brian Draper, and Karolina Krysinska: Suicidal older people in clinical and community settings : Risk factors, treatment and suicide prevention
Part 13: Public Health Strategies
Awareness and Education
72 David Titelman and Danuta Wasserman: Suicide prevention by education and the moulding of attitudes
73 Camilla Wasserman and Vladimir Carli: Universal suicide prevention in schools
74 Ulrich Hegerl, Ines Heinz, and Julian Hug: Multilevel approaches in adult suicide prevention
75 Michael Westerlund and Thomas Niederkrotenthaler: Mass-media and suicide prevention
76 Michael Westerlund and Karolina Krysinska: The role of the Internet in suicide prevention from the public health perspective
77 Gerard Camy: Representations of suicide in cinema
Controlling the access to means of suicide
78 Cyril Hoschl and Pavla ?ermakova: The role of restricting access to potentially lethal medication in suicide prevention
79 Michael R. Phillips and David Gunnell: Restrictions of access to pesticides in suicide prevention
80 Thomas Reisch: Gun availability and gun control in suicide prevention
81 Karl-Heinz Ladwig, Natalia Erazo, and Karoline Lukaschek: Prevention of metropolitan and railway suicide
82 Vladimir Carli and Miriam Iosue: Protecting bridges in suicide prevention
83 Paul Yip, Yingqi Guo, Lynn Tang, and Ying-Yeh Chen: Prevention of suicide by jumping: experiences from Taipei City (Taiwan), Hong Kong and Singapore
84 Ying-Yeh Chen, Jacky Wong, and Paul Yip: Prevention of suicide due to charcoal burning
85 Gergo Hadlaczky and Danuta Wasserman: Restriction of alcohol in suicide prevention
Part 14: Worldwide networking in Suicide Research and Prevention
86 Devora Kestel and Alexandra Fleischmann: The World Health Organization s role in suicide prevention
87 Vladimir Carli, Danuta Wasserman, and Jean Pierre Kahn: The World Psychiatric Association Section of Suicidology
88 Marco Sarchiapone, Jorge Lopez Castroman, and Carla Gramaglia: The European Psychiatric Association Section on Suicidology and Suicide Prevention
89 Danuta Wasserman and Vladimir Carli: European College of Neuropsychopharmacology network on studies of suicide and suicide prevention
90 Danuta Wasserman and J. John Mann: The International Academy of Suicide Research
91 Lars Mehlum and Ella Arensman: The International Association for Suicide Prevention
92 Amy J. Kulp and Julie Cerel: The American Association of Suicidology
93 Robert Gebbia and Christine Moutier: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
94 Herbert Hendin: Suicide Prevention International
95 Karl Andriessen: The role of volunteer organizations in suicide prevention

About the author: 

Danuta Wasserman is Professor in Psychiatry and Suicidology at Karolinska Institutet (KI), and the Founding Head of the National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of Mental Ill-Health (NASP). Since 1995, she has also been the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Methods Development and Training in Suicide Prevention, and an expert advisor to the WHO office in Copenhagen and Geneva. Former President of the European Psychiatric Association, she is Honotaty President of the Swedish-Estonian Institute of Suicidology. Professor Wasserman has received a number of research awards for her work, such as the Stengel Award, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Distinguished Research Award, the Hans-Rost Prize, and the Nordic Public Health Prize.

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