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September 2021

A primer on rational suicide and other forms of hastened death

Author(s): Holdwick, D. J.

Journal/Book: Couns Psychol. 2000; 28: 2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, USA. Sage Publications Inc. 511-539.

Abstract: This article provides an overview of the major mental health issues involved in the debate over rational suicide and other forms of hastened death. In doing so, it covers the arguments for including counseling psychologists and other mental health professionals in discussions about hastened death; highlights the relevant empirical research associated with the topic, with special attention given to the studies involving psychologists and areas needing more investigation; and reviews the implications for practice and training and provides direction for those counseling psychologists who are working with persons who may he rational in their decisions to hasten death.

Note: Article Werth JL, 14119 Castle Blvd, 201, Silver Spring,MD 20904 USA

Keyword(s): PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE; MENTAL-HEALTH PROFESSIONALS; TERMINALLY ILL; ADVANCE DIRECTIVES; SOCIAL-WORKERS; DIGNITY ACT; ATTITUDES; LIFE; OREGON; EUTHANASIA


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