Making Sense of Suicide: An In-Depth Look at Why People Kill Themselves


David Lester, PhD


In this important book, world-renowned suicidologist and bestselling author, David Lester, PhD, offers an up-to-the minute look and a thorough overview of what we currently know about suicide, its causes, and what we can to to prevent it. By synthesizing the plethora of research into a well-organized and understandable presentation of the most salient research, Dr. Lester has succeeded in creating a book that is accessible to all readers.


Recently elected President of the American Association of Suicidology, Dr. Lester, who has studied suicide for nearly 50 years and is the recipient of the Dublin Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement from the American Association of Suicidology, has deservedly achieved worldwide recognition as one of the leading authorities on suicide. He is past president of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and currently Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Suicide in Blackwood, New Jersey, and Professor of Psychology at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Dr. Lester is the author of more than 2500 articles and 100 books.


° Suicide: A Meaningful Behavior

° Problems in Suicide Research

° Labeling Death: Taxonomies of Dying

° Heredity and Environment

° Childhood Experiences and Suicide Later in Life

° Personality and Suicide

° Aggression and Suicide

° Suicide and Homicide

° The Social Context of Suicide

° Suicidal Communications & the Suicide Note

° How the Suicidal Person Thinks

° Gender Differences in Suicidal Behavior

° Young People, African Americans & Native Americans

° Sociological Factors in Suicide

° Sociological Theories of Suicide

° Drugs, Alcohol and Suicidal Behavior

° Mental Illness and Suicide

° Time, Season, Weather and Suicide

° An Individual Case of Suicide

° Preventing Suicide: What Everyone Should Know

Cover of the book, Making Sense of Suicide: An In-Depth Look Inside the Minds of Murderers

Softcover. 208 pages. ISBN-10: 0-914783-82-3. ISBN-13: 978-0-914783-82-4. List Price: $24.95