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“The reasoning and emotion that go into the ominous decision to commit suicide makes us ponder. To help us understand this process, Stephen Marson presents poignant and provoking observations that do not fit neatly into the myths of suicide, aging, and life satisfaction. He provides the stimulus for professionals and laypeople to reexamine practice strategies and ethical underpinnings when working with aging adults.”

Daniel Pollack, JD, MSSA, MSW
Professor, School of Social Work
Yeshiva University, New York


“This is a novel modern development of classic theory—the text provides a set of applied social work and geriatric care practices to prevent suicide among elders; practices that are informed by experience, modern geriatric and social work practices and classical theory. Marson’s development of Durkheim’s theory provides for both identification of suicidal risk and theoretically informed intervention. The seemingly, patently individual act of suicide is a result of social phenomena—and the burgeoning geriatric population is at risk. This text provides theoretically informed methods for detection and prevention of suicide. A very well researched book perfect for social work, sociological theory, and gerontology courses; human services practitioners; and fans of Durkheim.” 

J. Porter Lillis, PhD 
Assistant Chair and Gerontology Director
 Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
University of North Carolina at Pembroke


“Deconstructing the taboo that is suicide requires the willingness to understand, and exploration of the human psyche. Marson’s book explores practice issues that practitioners may encounter when working with elders. This easy-to-read book provides considerations when identifying and preventing suicide in a population struggling with social and physical changes. Marson highlights interventions framed by Durkheim’s suicide theory to guide readers. Case studies detail diverse life experiences that lead up to the disconsolate decision to end one’s own life. An insightful read for health care workers and human services practitioners working with this vulnerable, yet dynamic group.”

Mara Hunt RN-BSN, MSW
Oncology Nurse, FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital
Pinehurst, NC


“In this authoritative work, Marson tackles the silent epidemic of suicide among America’s older adults. With readable and engaging prose he explicates Durkheim’s theory of suicide, demonstrating how its application can inform both assessment and intervention with this vulnerable population. Case studies from his practice offer rich illustrations of key principles. By raising awareness and deepening our understanding of late-life suicide, this book will be valuable for anyone who works with or cares for older adults.” 

Amanda Barusch, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Sociology, Gender & Social Work
University of Otago, New Zealand