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

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Introduction

Abstract

Suicide deaths are often described as the worst deaths, the hardest for those left behind to recover from, the hardest to forget. This book aims to help the reader understand the ways in which those who killed themselves communicated at the time of their deaths their intentions, feelings and thoughts. This book is divided into 10 chapters that proceed from a broad picture of suicide to the specifics of our study, to reflections on how to take steps to prevent suicide in the future. We present findings from an original study of coroners’ reports from Ohio, but this book is not merely about this research. We utilize history, theory, psychological autopsy, and interdisciplinary social science perspectives to shape our discussion ...

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