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Author Stefan, Susan, author
Title Rational suicide, irrational laws : examining current approaches to suicide in policy and law / Susan Stefan
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016
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 人文社會聯圖  KF3827.E87 S74 2016    AVAILABLE    30660020190976
Edition First edition
Descript xxvi, 552 pages ; 24 cm
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Series American Psychology-Law Society series
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 521-540) and index
"Sane" and "Insane" Suicide: The Law of Competence -- The Right to Die, Involuntary Commitment, and the Constitution -- Assisted Suicide in the States -- International Perspectives in Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia -- Assisted Suicide and the Medical Profession -- Mental Health Professionals and Suicide -- Types of Suicide -- Discrimination on the Basis of Suicidality -- Prevention and Treatment: Policy and Legal Barriers -- Conclusion: People with Psychiatric Diagnoses and Assisted Suicide -- Appendix A: Model Statutes -- Appendix B: Survey of People Who Have Attempted Suicide
"When should we try to prevent suicide? Should it be facilitated for some people, in some circumstances? For the last forty years, law and policy on suicide have followed two separate and distinct tracks: laws aimed at preventing suicide and, increasingly, laws aimed at facilitating it. In Rational Suicide, Irrational Laws legal scholar Susan Stefan argues that these laws co-exist because they are based on two radically disparate conceptions of the would-be suicide. This is the first book that unifies policies and laws, including constitutional law, criminal law, malpractice law, and civil commitment law, toward people who want to end their lives. Based on the author's expert understanding of mental health and legal systems, analysis of related national and international laws and policy, and surveys and interviews with more than 300 suicide-attempt survivors, doctors, lawyers, and mental health professionals, Rational Suicide, Irrational Laws exposes the counterproductive nature of current policies and laws about suicide. Stefan proposes and defends specific reforms, including increased protection of mental health professionals from liability, increased protection of suicidal people from coercive interventions, reframing medical involvement in assisted suicide, and focusing on approaches to suicidal people that help them rather than assuming suicidality is always a symptom of mental illness. Stefan compares policies and laws in different states in the U.S. and examines the policies and laws of other countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, including the 2015 legalization of assisted suicide in Canada. The book includes model statutes, seven in-depth studies of people whose cases presented profound ethical, legal, and policy dilemmas, and over a thousand cases interpreting rights and responsibilities relating to suicide, especially in the area of psychiatric malpractice"-- Provided by publisher
Link Online version: Stefan, Susan, author. Rational suicide, irrational laws New York : Oxford University Press, 2016 9780199981205 (DLC) 2016002720
Subject Assisted suicide -- Law and legislation -- United States
Suicide -- Law and legislation -- United States
Suicide -- United States -- Prevention
Suicide -- Government policy -- United States
PSYCHOLOGY / Forensic Psychology. bisacsh
LAW / Forensic Science. bisacsh
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