II. Literature Review

  • Tia A. Hoffer
  • Joy Lynn E. Shelton
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Abstract

The term “suicide” is defined in the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary as “the act of killing oneself voluntarily and intentionally” (2004, p. 1249). Various data have been reported regarding the prevalence of suicide among the general population. A 2007 United States report on suicide highlights incidence and prevalence rates, as well as its impact on society at large (McIntosh, 2010). Suicide is considered the eleventh leading cause of death for people in the United States. In 2007, 34,598 people committed suicide (approximately 1 death every 15.2 min). Males were 3.6 times more likely than females to take their own lives. Overall, the use of firearms was the most common method of suicide (N = 17,352). Additionally, the risk for suicide has also been analyzed among various subpopulations. According to research, suicide rates among adolescent youth, the elderly, and military members are higher than those in the general population (Bryan, Cukrowicz, West, & Morrow, 2010; Joiner, 2010; Kang & Bullman, 2008; McIntosh, 2002).

Keywords

Depression Serotonin Hull Straw Defend 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tia A. Hoffer
    • 1
  • Joy Lynn E. Shelton
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal Bureau of InvestigationQuanticoUSA

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