A Global Issue
by David Lester and James R. Rogers, Editors
October 2013, 537pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
2 volumes, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-0080-1
$110, £82, 92€, A158
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In the United States, some 39,000 people will kill themselves in 2013.

Intended for the general reader, this masterful compilation probes the psychology of suicide, revealing the latest research and spotlighting global efforts to reduce the million suicide deaths each year.

Exceeding previously available studies in both scope and depth, the two-volume Suicide: A Global Issue explores and explains both why suicides—and suicide attempts—occur and what can be done to prevent them. The first volume, Understanding, considers factors that may play into the choice to take one’s life, discussing forces as varied as culture, psychology, religion, and biology. The second volume, Prevention, covers steps that can be taken to prevent suicide, whether individually or by society as a whole. Articles by widely respected experts consider questions such as why people kill themselves, why some countries have extremely high suicide rates, and whether the treatment of suicidal individuals actually prevents them from taking their lives. Each chapter presents incidents, research, and actions from nations around the globe, as well as from the United States.


  • Breaks new ground in drawing together current research on the incidence of suicide, theories as to why suicide occurs, cultural differences, and efforts at prevention
  • Explains and analyzes the effectiveness of prevention programs from psychotherapy and suicide prevention centers/hotlines to programs in schools, restriction of lethal methods, and national and international campaigns and programs
  • Includes cultural, religious, philosophical, and medical/psychiatric/psychological views on suicide
  • Discusses the ever-controversial topic of assisted suicide
David Lester, PhD, is distinguished professor of psychology at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He is a former president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and has published extensively on suicide, murder, and other issues in thanatology. Recent books include Suicide in Professional and Amateur Athletes: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Prevention; Understanding & Preventing College Student Suicide; Preventing Suicide: Why We Don't and How We Might; A Multiple Self Theory of Personality; Is There Life after Death? An Examination of the Empirical Evidence; and Katie's Diary: Unlocking the Mystery of a Suicide. Lester holds a doctoral degree in social and political science from Cambridge University and a doctoral degree in psychology from Brandeis University.

The late James R. Rogers, PhD, earned a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from The University of Akron in 1993. He taught in the Department of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology at Youngstown State University and was adjunct professor of behavioral sciences at Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine and professor in the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Akron. Rogers was a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio, specializing in suicide and disaster relief psychology. He was named an American Psychological Association Fellow in the Society of Counseling Psychology and a fellow of the International Academy of Suicide Research by the IASR Board of Directors. He coauthored Understanding Suicide: Why We Don't and How We Might with David Lester.


"These two volumes examine the challenges of definitions, measurements, phenomena, determinants, interventions, and ethics of suicide. . . . Recommended."—Choice, July 1, 2014
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