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Rethinking suicide: notes toward a critical epidemiology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  468438     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Where the genesis of "disease" owes much to causes that are social and economic in nature, epidemiology holds unrealized potential as a tool of social criticism. A particularly interesting example is provided by suicide and suicide research. Methodological difficulties are explored in detail, major findings reviewed, and the dominant interpretations of such findings criticized. Research has consistently pointed to the risks of marginal or minority status, unemployment, weak community supports, situational crises, and the pressures people are subjected to during periods of economic depression. It is argued that the sociostructural implications of such research have been systematically ignored, attention being devoted instead to more efficient management of the suicidal individual--this in spite of the lack of success of suicide prevention centers. Initial steps toward an alternative framework are outlined, with emphasis laid on the need to disaggregate the suicide act. It is further suggested that self-destruction is a far commoner--indeed, integral--part of our social environment than the bare rack of suicide statistics would suggest.
Authors:
K Hopper; S Guttmacher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of health services : planning, administration, evaluation     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0020-7314     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Health Serv     Publication Date:  1979  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1979-10-24     Completed Date:  1979-10-24     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1305035     Medline TA:  Int J Health Serv     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  417-38     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
African Americans
Age Factors
Aged
Epidemiologic Methods
Epidemiology*
European Continental Ancestry Group
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Sex Factors
Social Class
Social Problems
Socioeconomic Factors
Sociology / methods*
Sociology, Medical / methods*
Suicide / epidemiology*,  prevention & control
United States

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