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Suicidal elderly people in clinical and community settings: Risk factors, treatment and suicide prevention 

Suicidal elderly people in clinical and community settings: Risk factors, treatment and suicide prevention
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Suicidal elderly people in clinical and community settings: Risk factors, treatment and suicide prevention
Author(s):

Diego De Leo

, Brian Draper

, and Karolina Krysinska

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0095
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date: 17 August 2019

Suicide in old age is still exposed to misunderstandings and controversies. From one side, in fact, it is the object of idiosyncratic interpretations (e.g. if subjects of advanced age are so close to their natural exit from life, why should they decide to hasten it?). From the other, the very answers to this question have fed a rationalistic view of elderly suicide that is widespread among community members: that self-killing may become an acceptable solution when facing the pains and miseries of old age (De Leo 1988).

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