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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.


The study of suicide, today known as suicidology, dates back to at least the time of ancient Egypt. Philosophers in ancient Greece debated their various and often diametrically opposed views of the topic. Over the centuries, theologians of all faiths have expressed their varying beliefs. The modern-day counterparts to the ancient scholars continue unabated in their discussions. To these can be added psychologists and other mental health professionals, physicians, sociologists, anthropologists, and lay persons with an interest in the subject. It may sound like a timeworn cliché, but in the case of suicide it is true that this is a subject with many more questions than answers. With all the resources for help available, why would someone choose to end his or her life? ...

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