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Suicide represents a growing public issue that involves great emotional cost and loss of life. This chapter provides an academic overview of the topic of suicide. Methods of classification and definitional issues are discussed. Epidemiological trends in rates of suicide and suicide attempts are well established and are reported. The phenomenology of suicidal behavior represents an under-studied area and there is discussion of the few studies that exist and possibilities for future investigations in this area. Next, the etiology of suicide in the context of current suicide theory, including the interpersonal theory of suicide, is discussed. This essay concludes with a practical discussion of clinical risk assessment for suicidal behavior and future recommendations for research.
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