SUICIDE AMONG THE ELDERLY: Levels and Trends

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Psychology, Indiana University at South Bend, PO Box 7111, South Bend, Ind. 46634

Abstract

Despite the publicity attending increased rates of suicide for the young, U.S. suicide rates continue to be highest in old age. Suicide thus represents a major mental health problem for a still-neglected age group. National levels and trends of suicide among the aged are presented by sex and race for 1933–1978. Explanations of these trends are considered, and information is provided on recognition and prevention of geriatric suicide.

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