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Explaining Suicide by Betty Yung, Katherine A. Hermes, Taronish Irani, Cheryl L. Meyer

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Chapter 1

The History and Theories of Suicide

Abstract

This chapter examines history and theories of suicide from the early modern period to the present. It examines changes in suicide practices, methods, and motivations. The suicides which occur in America today are consistent with those that occurred in the past. The historical focus will be on the peoples of North America who are of Native American, European, and African for the trends established there. Additionally, theories about who commits suicide and why are explained to establish the current state of the field of suicidology.

Keywords

History; theory; suicidology; African American; Native American; immigrants

The History of Suicide

Historians have explained the historical changes in suicide ...

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