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ISBN: 9780198570059

Published: 23 Mar 09

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Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention

A Global Perspective

Danuta Wasserman, Camilla Wasserman

Approximately 1 million people commit suicide world-wide every year 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, clutura;, biological, and social factors, and any approach has to to treating the problem of suicice has to consider all these factors.
The Oxford Texbook of Suicidology is the most comprehensive textbook of suicidology and suicide prevention that has ever been published. It is written by world-leading specialists and describes all aspects of suicidal behaviour and suicide prevention. It presents an overview of research within disciplines covering a wide range of factors, including psychological, cultural, biological, and sociological. The book provides up-to-date information on different kinds of risk and protective factors, epidemiology, theories on suicidal behaviours and public health and healthcare preventive approaches.
Throughout, different approaches to suicide prevention and evidence-based examples are presented, alongside descriptions of different organisations designed to prevent suicide.
This book will be the key source of reference for both researchers and professionals working in the areas of suicidology and suicide prevention.

The most comprehensive, and global review of suicidology and suicide prevention ever published

All chapters written by leading researchers in the field from across the globe

Part of the world famous Oxford Textbooks series

Covers the full range of factors that influence and interact with suicide and suicidal behaviour

PrefaceNorman Sartorius Part I - Suicide in a Religious and Cross-cultural Perspective:
1: Camilla Wasserman: Suicide: considering religion and culture
2: HM van Praag: The role of religion in suicide prevention
3: Wu Fei: Cultural and religious traditions in China: the influence of Confucianism on suicide prevention
4: Lakshmi Vijayakumar: Hindu religion and suicide in India
5: Somparn Promta & Prakarn Thomyangkoon: A Buddhist perspective on suicide
6: Yoshihiro Kaneko, Akiko Yamasaki & Kiminori Arai: The Shinto religion and suicide in Japan
7: Israel Orbach & Aron Rabinowitz: Suicide in the Jewish scriptures
8: Ahmed Okasha & Tarek Okasha: Suicide and Islam
9: Nils Rettersol & Øivind Ekeberg: Christianity and suicide
10: Lourens Schlebusch, Stephanie Burrows & Naseema Vawda: Suicide prevention and religious traditions on the African continent
11: Emilio Ovuga & Jed Boardman: The role of religion in suicide prevention work in Uganda
12: Gaspar Baquedano: Maya religion and traditions: influencing suicide prevention in contemporary Mexico
Part II - The Magnitude and Implication of Suicide
13: José Bertolote & Danuta Wasserman: Development of definitions of suicidal behaviors: from suicidal thoughts to completed suicides
14: José Bertolote & Alexandra Fleischmann: A global perspective on the magnitude of suicide mortality
15: José Bertolote, Alexandra Fleischmann, Diego De Leo & Danuta Wasserman: Suicidal thoughts, suicidal plans and attempts in the general population on different continents
16: Suicide attempts in the general population and in clinical settings on the five continents: epidemiological and clinical aspects
16a: Lourens Schlebusch & Stephanie Burrows: Suicide attempts in Africa
16b: Guo-Xin Jiang & Qi Cheng: Suicide attempts in Asia
16c: Neury J Botega & Sabrina Stefanello: Suicide attempts in South and Central America
16d: Morton Silverman: Suicide attempts in North America
16e: Ellenor Mittendorfer-Rutz & Armin Schmidtke: Suicide attempts in Europe
16f: Jane Pirkis, Annette Beautrais & Tony Durkee: Suicide attempts in New Zealand and Australia
17: David Lester: Extended suicide
Part III - Theories of Suicidal Behaviour
18: Ilkka Mäkinen: Social theories of suicide
19: Elsa Ronningstam, John Maltsberger & Igor Weinberg: Psychoanalytic theories of suicide: historical overview and empirical evidence
20: David Rudd, David Trotter & Ben Williams: Psychological theories of suicidal behaviour
21: Danuta Wasserman, Marcus Sokolowski, Jerzy Wasserman & Dan Rujescu: Neurobiology and genetics of suicide
22: Alec Roy & Marco Sarchiapone: Interaction of hereditary and environmental factors in the psychiatric disorders associated with suicidal behaviours
Part IV - Political Determinants of Suicide
23: Airi Värnik & Alexander Mohovikov: Suicide during transition in the former Soviet Republics
24: Xiao Shuiyuan: Suicide study and suicide prevention in mainland China
25: Danuta Wasserman: Suicide and attempted suicide among indigenous people
26: David Lester: Suicide during war and genocide
Part V - Social and Economical Determinants of Suicide
27: Ilkka Mäkinen & Danuta Wasserman: Labour market, work environment and suicide
28: Menakshi Sharma & Dinesh Bhugra: Suicide among migrants
29: Sylvia Sara Canetto: Prevention of suicidal behaviour in females: opportunities and obstacles
30: Wolfgang Rutz & Zoltan Rihmer: Suicide in men: suicide prevention for the 'male person'
31: Vsevelod Rozanov, Lars Mehlum & R Stiliha: Suicide in military settings, combats and veterans
32: Ad Kerkhof & Eric Blaauw: Suicide in prisons and remand centres: screening and prevention
Part VI - Psychiatric and Somatic Determinants of Suicide
33: Jouko Lönnqvist: Major psychiatric disorders in suicide and suicide attempters
34: Barbara Stanley & Jennifer Jones: Risk for suicidal behaviour in personality disorders
35: Elsebeth Stenager & Egon Stenager: Somatic diseases and suicidal behaviour
Part VII - Suicide Risk Assessment
Psychometric measures
36: Per Bech & S Awata: Measurement of suicidal behaviour with psychometric scales
37: Alexandra Fleischmann, José Bertolote, Diego De Leo & Danuta Wasserman: Instruments used in SUPRE-MISS - the WHO Multisite Interventions Study on Suicidal Behaviours
Clinical measures
38: March Schechter & John Maltsberger: The clinical interview as a method in suicide risk assessment
39: Herbert Hendin: Recognizing a suicide crisis in psychiatric patients
Biological measures
40: John Mann & Dianne Currier: Biological predictors of suicidal behaviour in mood disorders
41: Maria Oquendo, Tresha Gibbs & Ramin Parsey: Neuroimaging of suicidal behaviour: where does the field stand?
42: Lars-Håkan Thorell: Electrodermal hyporeactivity and suicide risk
43: Victoria Arango, Helene Bach-Mizrachi, Mark D Underwood & John Mann: Post-mortem studies of serotonin in suicide
Part VIII - Cost of Suicide and Prevention Strategies
44: David McDaid: An economic perspective on suicide across the five continents
45: Danuta Wasserman & Elizabeth Mårtensson: World Health Organization and European Union policy actions, responsibilities and solutions in preventing suicide
46: Martin Andersson & Rachel Jenkins: The role of the state and legislations in suicide prevention - the five continents perspective
47: Danuta Wasserman & Tony Durkee: Strategies in suicide prevention
Part IX - Health Care Strategies: Treatment of Suicidal Adults
48: John Maltsberger & Mark J Goldblatt: Countertransference in the treatment of suicidal patients
49: Hans-Jurgen Möller: Pharmacological and biological treatments of suicidal individuals
50: Jan Fawcett: Severe anxiety and agitation as treatment modifiable risk factors for suicide
51: Jan Beskow, Paul Salkovskis & Astrid Palm Beskow: Cognitive treatment of suicidal adults
52: Barbara Stanley & Beth S Brodsky: Dialectical behaviour therapy for suicidal individuals: the international perspective
53: David M Rudd: The psychological and behavioural treatment of suicidal behaviour: what are the common elements of treatments that work?
54: Edward J Dunne: Family psychoeducation with suicide attempters
55: Thomas Brönisch: The role of paintings in suicide treatment and prevention
Part X - Health Care Strategies: Treatment Settings for Adults
56: Madelyn Gould & John Kalafat: Crisis hotlines
57: Zoltan Rihmer & Wolfgang Rutz: Treatment of attempted suicide and suicidality in primary care
58: Lars Mehlum: Treatment of suicide attempts and suicidality in psychiatric care
59: Lil Träskman-Bendz & Charlotta Sunnqvist: A specialized in-patient unit for suicidal patients: advantages and disadvantages
60: Herbert Hendin: Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia: a medical and psychological perspective
Part XI - Public Health Strategies: Awareness and Education
61: Ulrich Hegerl, Sandra Dietrich, Tim Pfeiffer-Gerschel, Lisa Wittenburg & David Althaus: Education and awareness prgrams for adults: selected and multilevel approaches in suicide prevention
62: Christina Hoven, Sam Tyano & Donald Mandell: Community mental health in youth and suicide awareness: exposing dark secrets - what must be told
63: David Titelman & Danuta Wasserman: Suicide prevention by education and the moulding of attitudes
64: Michael Westerlund, Sylvia Schaller & Armin Schmidtke: The role of mass-media reporting and suicide prevention
65: Michael Westerlund & Danuta Wasserman: The role of the internet in suicide prevention
66: Gérard Camy: Representations of suicide in cinema
Part XII - Public Health Strategies: Early Detection and Health Promotion
67: Andrej Marusic: Early detection of mental ill-health, harmful stress and suicidal behaviours
68: Madelyn Gould: The role of schools, colleges and universities in suicide prevention
Part XIII - Public Health Strategies: Controlling the Access to Means of Suicide
69: Annette Beautrais & Sheree Gibb: Protecting bridges and high buildings in suicide prevention
70: Ying-Yeh Chen & S F Yip: Prevention of suicide by jumping: experiences from Taipei City (Taiwan), Hong Kong and Singapore
71: Antoon Leenaars, David Lester, Gaspar Baquedano, Chris Cantor, John Connolly, Emilio Ovuga, Silvia Pelaez Remigio & Lakshmi Vijayakumar: Restriction of access to drugs and medications in suicide prevention
72: Antoon Leenaars: Gun availability and control in suicide prevention
73: Michael Phillips & David Gunnell: Restriction of access to pesticide in suicide prevention
74: Karl-Heinz Ladwig, Esther Ruf, Jens Baumert & Natalia Erazo: Prevention of metropolitan and railway suicide
75: Paul Yip: Prevention of suicide due to charcoal burning
76: Danuta Wasserman & Gergö Hadlaczky: Restriction of alcohol in suicide prevention
Part XIV - Survivors of Suicide Loss
77: Edward J Dunne & Karen Maxim-Dunne: Why suicide loss is different for the survivors
78: Onja Grad: Therapists as survivors of suicide loss
79: Frans Barro: How to help survivors of suicide loss
Part XV - Yound People and Suicide
80: Alan Apter, Cendrine Bursztein, José Bertolote, Alexandra Fleischmann & Danuta Wasserman: Suicide on the five continents in the young
81: Israel Orbach & Maya Johan-Barak: Psychopathology and risk factors for suicide in the young: theoretical and empirical
82: Robert A King: Psychodynamic and family aspects of youth suicide
83: Alan Apter, Orit Krispin & Cendrine Bursztein: Psychiatric disorders in suicide and suicide attempters
84: Gil Zalsman & Gal Shoval: The link between physical disabilities and suicidality in children and adolescents
85: Anat Brunstein Klomek, Orit Krispin & Alan Apter: Suicidal behaviour in children and adolescents in different clinical settings
86: David Brent: Effective treatments for suicidal youth: pharmacological and psychosocial approaches
87: Anthony Spirito & Christianne Esposito-Smythers: Individual therapy techniques with suicidal adolescents
88: Kevin Malone & Su Yin Yap: Innovative psychosocial rehabilitation of suicidal young people
Part XVI - Elderly and Suicide
89: Diego De Leo, Karolina Krysinska, José Bertolote, Alexandra Fleischmann & Danuta Wasserman: Suicidal behaviours on the five continents among the elderly
90: Diego De Leo, Brian Draper & Karolina Krysinska: Suicidal elderly people in clinical and community settings: risk factors, treatment and suicide prevention
Part XVII - Networking in Suicide Research and Prevention
91: Benedetto Saraceno: The World Health Organization's role in suicide prevention
92: Marco Sarchiapone, Jean Pierre Soubrier & Danuta Wasserman: The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) - section of suicidology
93: Lars Mehlum: International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)
94: Danuta Wasserman & John Mann: The International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR)
95: Danuta Wasserman, Marco Sarchiapone & Vladimir Carli: The European Psychiatric Association (EPA) - section on suicidology and suicide prevention
96: Lanny Berman: American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
97: Ann P Haas, Robert Gebbia & Paula Clayton: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
98: Herbert Hendin: Suicide Prevention International (SPI)
99: Karl Andriessen: The role of volunteer organizations in suicide prevention
Part XVIII - Examples of how to Develop Suicide Prevention on the five Continents
100: Lourens Schlebusch & Stephanie Burrows: South Africa
101: Emilio Ovuga & Jed Boardman: Uganda
102: Paul Yip: Hong Kong
103: Lakshmi Vijayakumar: India
104: Chiaki Kawanishi & Yoshihiro Kaneko: Japan
105: Murad M Khan: Pakistan
106: Boon Hock: Singapore
107: Huong Thi Tran: Vietnam
Australia/New Zealand
108: Diego De Leo: Australia
109: Annette Beautrais: New Zealand
110: Airi Värnik & Danuta Wasserman: Estonia
111: Louko Lönnqvist: Finland
112: Véronique Narboni & Jean Pierre Soubrier: France
113: Elmar Etzersdorfer: Germany
114: Alan Apter: Israel
115: Marco Sarchiapone: Italy
116: Doina Cosman: Romania
117: Valery Krasnov: Russia
118: Gregor Henderson: Scotland
119: Danuta Wasserman, Ana Nordenskjöld & Inga-Lill Ramberg: Sweden
120: Vsevolod Rozanov & Alexander Mohovikov: Ukraine
North America
121: Gustavo Turecki: Canada
122: Morton Silverman: United States of America
South America
123: Paulo Alterwain, Hector basile, Daniel Frankel, Jaime Greif, Silvia Hernandez, Maria del Carmen Paparamborda: Suicide prevention in South America
124: Carlos Martinez: Argentina
125: Neury Botega: Brazil
126: Marcello Ferrada-Noli: Chile
127: Sergio Perez A Barrero: Cuba
128: Rossana Pettersen & Freddy Vasquez: Peru
129: Silvia Peláez: Uruguay

Danuta Wasserman , Professor of Psychiatry and Suicidology at the Karolinska Institute. Head of the Swedish National Prevention of Suicide and Mental Ill-Health (NASP) at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Camilla Wasserman , Scientific Project Director, Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, New York, USA

Danuta Wasserman is Professor of psychiatry and suicidology at Karolinska Institute, Head of NASP (Swedish National Prevention of Suicide and Mental Ill-Health), Honorary President of the Estonian-Swedish Suicidological Institute in Tallinn and Director of the WHO Lead Collaborating Centre of Mental Health Problems and Suicide Across Europe. She is Past-President of the International Academy of Suicide Research and a Board Member of the Association of European Psychiatrists. Professor Wasserman belongs to several national and international scientific organisations and research-planning groups in the fields of mental health and suicide prevention. She is the author of more than 300 scientific articles, reports and book chapters, and of several books and a member of the editorial boards of various journals in the field of suicidology. Her approach in suicide research combines genetic, epidemiological and psycho-social aspects on the individual, the family as well as population levels. Camilla Wasserman received her M.A in Anthropology at the University of Paris VIII, France, with previous studies at Sorbonne, Paris, Hunter College, New York and Stockholm University, Sweden. Her thesis focused on the political, social and cultural expressions of race in the French Antillean Diaspora in Paris. Camilla Wasserman's areas of interest are Gender studies, Political Science, Critical Race theory and Health. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining her social scientific framework with research in suicidology and child psychiatric epidemiology. She did research with a Vietnamese group on the mental health of Vietnamese adolescents in a suburban district of Hanoi. She is currently working in Child Psychiatric Epidemiology, in the Department of Child Psychiatry, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she is coordinating a research project on the general and mental health of children whose parents are incarcerated.