The End of Suicidology: Can We Ever Understand Suicide?

David Lester, PhD (Editor)
Stockton University, Galloway, NJ, USA

Series: Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: MED105000



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Periodically, researchers express concern about the research conducted on suicide. Back in 1966, Merton Kahne criticized the quality of the research, but more recently, some scholars have declared that we have reached our limits in understanding and predicting suicide. Dan Reidenberg recently wrote an editorial entitled “Healthy debate, frustration, or a field in chaos?” in which he discussed the failure in the United States to reduce the suicide rate (which in recent years has been rising). Cas Soper has argued that there is no empirical reason to believe that predictors of suicide exist, there is no theoretical foundation for believing that risk factors exist, and there is evidence that suicide may be predictably unpredictable!

David Lester reviews and discusses these views in The End of Suicidology: Can We Ever Understand Suicide? He reviews some recent efforts to stimulate the field of suicidology, and finds these attempts lacking. In the major section of the book, Lester presents some recent provocative ideas on suicide that have not hitherto received much attention, such as Brian Mishara’s two component model of suicide with life and suicide tendencies, and David Lester and Steven Stack’s proposal that suicide may be viewed as a drama staged by the prospective suicide. Might these provocative ideas and others stimulate the field?
(Imprint: Nova)

Chapter 1: The End of Suicidology: David Lester

Proposed New Approaches

Chapter 2: Kral and White: Critical Suicidology: David Lester

Chapter 3: Joiner and Rudd: Expanding the Boundaries: David Lester

Chapter 4: Rogers and Lester: Proposals for the Future of suicidology: David Lester

Provocative Ideas

Chapter 5: Brian Mishara’s Two Component Model of Suicide with Life and Suicide Tendencies: David Lester

Chapter 6: Memes and Suicide: David Lester

Chapter 7: Suicide as a Staged Performance: David Lester

Chapter 8: An Ethological Approach to Suicide: David Lester

Chapter 9: Evolution and Suicide: David Lester

Chapter 10: Suicide, Chaos Theory, Non-Linearity, and the Tipping Point: David Lester

Chapter 11: Is There a Natural Suicide Rate? Bijou Yang

Chapter 12: Suicide as a Random Walk: Bijou Yang

Chapter 13: Can Murderers Provide Clues to Suicides: David Lester

Chapter 14: The Social Relationships of Suicidal Individuals: A Neglected Issue: Dmitri I. Shustov, Olga D. Tuchina and David Lester

Chapter 15: The Importance of Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks: John F. Gunn III


Chapter 16: Has Suicidology Come to an End?: David Lester

"This book may well mark a historic turning point for suicidology: not the end, but a re-awakening. This is a wake-up call." C. A. Soper, PhD, Author of “The Evolution of Suicide”

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