Suicide: Closing the Exits

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This book reports a program of research concerned with the possibility of as guns, drugs, preventing suicide by restricting access to lethal agents, such and carbon monoxide. To many people, it may seem implausible that deeply unhappy people could be prevented from killing themselves by "closing the exits, " but the suggestion is by no means a new one and has been current in the journals for some time. This book is the first major exposition of the idea, however, with the evidence collected in one place and an examination of the implications for understanding the suicidal person and for preventing suicide. We hope to convince public health officials that, although the idea is largely disregarded at present, restricting access to lethal agents should take its place as a major preventive strategy along with the psychiatric treatment of depressed and suicidal individuals and the establishment of suicide pre­ in communities to counsel those who are suicidal or in crisis. vention centers We came to this position by two different routes. R. c. 's interest derived from a concern with the role of opportunity in crime. This originated in his doctoral research dealing, not with suicide, but with another form of escape-absconding from training schools for young offenders. He found that the variance in absconding was explained more by the opportunities to abscond presented by the school's environment and regime than by the offender's history or personality.

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Ronald V. Clarke is university professor of criminal justice at Rutgers University. Previously, he headed the British government’s criminological research department. His books include Outsmarting the Terrorists, Superhighway Robbery: Preventing E-commerce Crime, and Situational Prevention of Organized Crimes.



David Lester is distinguished professor of psychology at the Stockton University. He serves on the editorial board of numerous professional journals, including Omega, Crisis, and Death Studies. He is the author or editor of nearly one hundred books, including Suicide and the Holocaust, Understanding Suicide, and Understanding and Preventing Suicide.

 



Ronald V. Clarke is university professor of criminal justice at Rutgers University. Previously, he headed the British government’s criminological research department. His books include Outsmarting the Terrorists, Superhighway Robbery: Preventing E-commerce Crime, and Situational Prevention of Organized Crimes.



David Lester is distinguished professor of psychology at the Stockton University. He serves on the editorial board of numerous professional journals, including Omega, Crisis, and Death Studies. He is the author or editor of nearly one hundred books, including Suicide and the Holocaust, Understanding Suicide, and Understanding and Preventing Suicide.

 

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“This is a well-written text that will be of considerable interest to all those who work seriously on the subject of suicide. It should also be required reading for those interested in the public health dimensions of the topic and for those of us who wish to influence the implementation of public policy relative to suicide prevention. . . . In this text, Clarke and Lester weave an important and intriguing theory of suicide, from which naturally evolves a significant approach to suicide prevention.”

—Ezra E. H. Griffith, Journal of the American Medical Association

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