Title

Suicidality: Clusters, Contagion, and Pacts

Editors

Claire M. Renzetti; Jeffrey L. Edleson

Document Type

Chapter

Publication Date

6-19-2008

Publication Title

Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence

Publisher

SAGE Publications, Inc

Publisher Location

Thousand Oaks, CA

First page number:

699

Last page number:

700

Abstract

Suicide clusters are generally defined as groups of suicides, suicide attempts, or both that are closer in time and space than normally expected in a given location. Suicide contagion is a related concept whereby susceptible persons are thought to be influenced toward suicidal behavior as a result of knowledge of another person's suicidal act. Suicide pacts describe the suicides of two or more individuals with an agreed-upon plan to die together or separately and closely timed. This entry discusses each of these concepts.

Keywords

Influence (Psychology); Mass suicide; Suicidal behavior; Suicide; Suicide clusters; Suicide pacts; Suicide--Psychological aspects; Suicide victims; Suicide--Sociological aspects

Disciplines

Community Health | Mental and Social Health | Social Psychology | Sociology

Language

English

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Identifier

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412963923

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