Sociological Evidence in Suicide Litigation

  • Stephen J. Morewitz


Sociologists and other researchers can assist defense and plaintiff attorneys and law firms with various aspects of litigation related to suicide and attempted suicide. Sociological research has focused on various aspects of suicidal behavior, including the causes, incidence, and risk factors of suicide and suicidal behaviors, social aspects of the treatment at suicidal patients, suicide prevention training, and suicide prevention policies and procedures. In this chapter, the author analyzes research in the above areas and presents several case composite studies to illustrate how social scientists use the research information when serving as expert witnesses in litigation involving suicide and suicidal behavior.


Suicidal Ideation Suicidal Behavior Suicidal Risk Suicide Prevention Psychiatric Facility 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California State UniversityEast BayUSA

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