"The Encyclopedia of Suicide, Second Edition presents the latest information about the grim phenomenon that robs society of productive lives and leaves family and friends scarred for life. Entries have been revised to include up-to-date information drawn from the newest research and statistics. All new entries cover recent topics and developments in the field of suicidology, including suicide and the law, gender differences in suicide, school violence and suicide, and terrorism and suicide." "Appendixes include listings of associations, government agencies, suicide prevention agencies, and crisis hot lines in the United States and a table of international suicide rates. Readers will find additional sources of information in a complete bibliography and detailed index. The Encyclopedia of Suicide is a vital reference for anyone dealing with suicide personally or professionally."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Statistics show that about 11 out of every 100,000 Americans commits suicide each year. A comprehensive A-to-Z introduction to the phenomenon of suicide from ancient times to the present. The Encyclopedia of Suicide, Second Edition is a heavily expanded, updated, and revised edition that reflects the most current data available on the topic. The encyclopedia covers a wide range of aspects of the subject, including the causes, history, and psychology of suicide. Presenting more than 500 entries that detail the philosophical and religious issues, psychological and sociological viewpoints, and recent statistics, it also discusses new trends in research and treatment. Extensive appendixes provide national and international suicide statistics and resource directories listing associations, clinics, and hot lines.