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Suicide Explained: The Australian Experience

Riaz Hassan;Hassan, Riaz;Paul & Co Pub Consortium Melbourne Univ Pr

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ISBN 10: 0522846777 / ISBN 13: 9780522846775
Published by Melbourne Univ Pr, Australia, 1995
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Title: Suicide Explained: The Australian Experience

Publisher: Melbourne Univ Pr, Australia

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Fine Clean Unmarked Book

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine Dust Jacket

Edition: First Edition.

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In Australia about two thousand people take their own lives each year. Each incident reverberates through the community, damaging families and shattering the lives of all those involved. Suicide claims one life about every four hours and is now the leading cause of death among young males. Yet, until now, there has been no thorough study of the factors, particularly those specific to Australia, causing this tragic and major social and public health problem.
In this innovative study Professor Riaz Hassan provides the first comprehensive overview of suicide in Australia. His benchmark work creates a new synthesis between existing studies and new evidence.
While giving due weight to psychogenic factors, he shows that suicidal behaviour, like other forms of social behaviour, has important symbolic content. It is shaped by the same forces which influence and regulate the patterns of social life.
This is a book written specifically to be accessible to the general reader. It will also be a basic text on the subject not only for students and academics in the fields of sociology, psychology, social work, law and medicine, but for professionals in the field such as teachers, police, lawyers and social workers.

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Riaz Hassan is Professor of Sociology at the Flinders University of South Australia.

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