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|Appears in Collections:||Psychology Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status: ||Refereed|
|Title: ||Suicidal behaviour|
|Author(s): ||O'Connor, Rory|
|Contact Email: ||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Issue Date: ||Jan-2001|
|Publisher: ||The British Psychological Society|
|Citation: ||O'Connor R & Sheehy N (2001) Suicidal behaviour, The Psychologist, 14 (1), pp.
|Abstract: ||The suicide rate increased steadily throughout the 1980s and much of the 1990s.
Recent statistics suggest that it is stabilising (McClure, 2000), but it is
estimated that between eight and 14 people per 100,000 kill themselves each
year. In actual terms, suicide is no longer an unusual kind of death. There are
a variety of views on suicidal behaviour. Some, like Albert Camus, argue that
judging whether life is or is not worth living is the only true philosophical
question. Others view suicide as the outcome of a disturbed mind caused by
biological processes that can only be explained using psychiatric concepts and
labels. Such an approach might be caricatured as the 'Bad Apple' explanation of
suicide: If only the bad apples (the suicidal) could be distinguished from the
'good apples'; by identifying the telltale worm that leads to suicide, they
could be given appropriate therapy at an early stage. Still others see suicide
as the result of society’s impact on the individual. This approach is less
concerned with identifying bad apples, instead focusing on the effects of rotten
barrels – social factors. So how have we come to understand suicide? What has
psychology contributed to our understanding of this complex problem? These are
questions that are asked time and again; unfortunately answers remain elus|
|Type: ||Journal Article|
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