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dc.contributor.authorLapierre, Sylvie
dc.contributor.authorErlangsen, Annette
dc.contributor.authorWaern, Margda
dc.contributor.authorDe Leo, Diego
dc.contributor.authorOyama, Hirofumi
dc.contributor.authorScocco, Paolo
dc.contributor.authorGallo, Joseph
dc.contributor.authorSzanto, Katalin
dc.contributor.authorConwell, Yeates
dc.contributor.authorDraper, Brian
dc.contributor.authorQuinnett, Paul
dc.contributor.editorDiego De Leo
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:39:05Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:39:05Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.issn0227-5910
dc.identifier.doi10.1027/0227-5910/a000076
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/41784
dc.description.abstractBackground: Suicide rates are highest among the elderly, yet research on suicide prevention in old age remains a much-neglected area. Aims: We carried out a systematic review to examine the results of interventions aimed at suicidal elderly persons and to identify successful strategies and areas needing further exploration. Methods: Searches through various electronic databases yielded 19 studies with an empirical evaluation of a suicide prevention or intervention program designed especially for adults aged 60 years and older. Results: Most studies were centered on the reduction of risk factors (depression screening and treatment, and decreasing isolation), but when gender was considered, programs were mostly efficient for women. The empirical evaluations of programs attending to the needs of high-risk older adults seemed positive; most studies showed a reduction in the level of suicidal ideation of patients or in the suicide rate of the participating communities. However, not all studies used measures of suicidality to evaluate the outcome of the intervention, and rarely did they aim at improving protective factors. Conclusions: Innovative strategies should improve resilience and positive aging, engage family and community gatekeepers, use telecommunications to reach vulnerable older adult, and evaluate the effects of means restriction and physicians education on elderly suicide.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherHogrefe Publishing Corp.
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom88
dc.relation.ispartofpageto98
dc.relation.ispartofissue2
dc.relation.ispartofjournalCrisis
dc.relation.ispartofvolume32
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMental health services
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCommunication and media studies
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode420313
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode4701
dc.titleA Systematic Review of Elderly Suicide Prevention Programs
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2015-06-03T02:54:44Z
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorDe Leo, Diego


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