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Understanding Suicide: Why We Don't and How We Mightby James R. Rogers
Synopses & Reviews
This provocative and erudite book highlights theoretical and methodological challenges that have plagued and continue to plague the field of suicidology. The basic premise is that recent research has not served to advance our understanding of suicidal behavior, but tends to repeat older research, often apparently without awareness that we are often merely reinventing the wheel. As the authors maintain: Very little of consequence has appeared in suicidology for many years - no new theory and no ground-breaking research. The book discusses the contributions that each of the major disciplines have made to suicidology (is there a misplaced devotion to Durkheim's 100-year-old theories?), and provides an overview of research and theories in some typical areas. Drawing from this, specific recommendations as to what researchers and theorists can do in the future to advance our understanding of suicide and suicide prevention are offered. It is hoped that these recommendations will stimulate research and theorizing so that our understanding of suicide will progress.
Book News Annotation:
Authors Rogers and Lester (for whom no background is given) argue against the opinion that suicidology, the study of suicide, is over because little new information has surfaced in the field for several years. The book offers both a critique of the field and suggestions for what is required in the field in the future. Topics include psychological and psychiatric research on suicide, sociological and anthropological perspectives, attitudes toward suicide, assessing suicide risk, suicide notes and other personal narratives, studies of the suicide personality, and research fads. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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