A Review of the Research on Suicide Among Men in the Middle Years (2 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course examines current research on suicide among men in the middle years.  Special consideration is given to issues facing men in the criminal justice system, gay, bisexual and transgender men, and veterans.  Risk factors are explored, including issues of mental health, alcohol and drugs, chronic medical conditions, economic factors, and cultural expectations about masculine identity.  Protective factors are discussed as well.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of practice.  

Course Reading:  Preventing Suicide Among Men in the Middle Years:  Recommendations for Suicide Prevention Programs  / Chapter 3  A Review of the Research on Suicide Among Men in the Middle Years.  For test questions, please go to Chapter 3 starting on page 21 of the reading.

Find the reading at:  http://www.sprc.org/sites/default/files/resource-program/SPRC_MiMYReportFinal_0.pdf

Publisher:  The Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Course Objectives:  To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to suicide among men in the middle years

Learning Objectives:  Describe how suicide affects men in the criminal justice system, GBT men, and veterans.  Identify risk factors for suicide among men in the middle years.  Describe cultural expectations about masculine identity.  Identify protective factors for suicide among men in the middle years.

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1: For test questions, please refer to Chapter 3 starting on page 21.  In 2014, men 35-64 years of age represented 19% of the population of the US (US Census Bureau, 2014), but they accounted for ___________ percent of suicides (CDC, 2014).
 
 
 
 
2: The suicide rate and the absolute number of suicides in the US have continually _______________ since 1999.
 
 
3: The suicide rate of men ____________ with age.
 
 
4: Hempstead and Phillips found that more ____________ in the 40-64 age group who died by suicide had made a prior attempt.
 
 
5: Suicides associated with ______________  are less likely to be preceded by a nonfatal suicide attempt.
 
 
 
6: Men in the 40-64 age group tend to use ____________ lethal means to harm themselves compared to women.
 
 
7: The data reveal that _________ of men in the 35-64 age group who had attempted suicide in the past 12 months had been arrested and booked for a criminal offense during that period.
 
 
 
 
8: ____________ is the leading cause of death in jails.
 
 
 
 
9: Gay and bisexual men have __________ suicide attempt rates than their heterosexual peers (Haas et al., 2011).
 
 
 
10: In a study of veterans who died by suicide, veterans ages 35-64 were more likely to be all of the following except:
 
 
 
11: Eliason (2009) found there are certain clinical presentations that should alert mental health professionals to be suspicious of the risk of possible murder-suicide including a middle aged man who
 
 
 
 
12: Of men ages 40-65 who died by suicide in the US (2005-2010):  69.6 percent were
 
 
13: Of men ages 40-65 who died by suicide in the US (2005-2010):  54% used
 
 
 
14: Acute alcohol intoxication at the time of death is more common among all of the following except:
 
 
 
 
15: Intoxication is a risk factor for suicide among people whose alcohol use does not rise to the level of a diagnosable disorder.
 
 
16: Suffocation as a means of self-harm has been
 
 
17: According to Table 6, among men ages 35-64 years old, which group had the lowest rate of suicide attempts?
 
 
 
 
18: A meta-analysis found that people in _________ -skill-level occupations were at a higher risk for suicide
 
 
19: Kaplan et al, (2015) concluded that suicide rates in the US increased by ___________ during 2008-2011 (the Great Recession).
 
 
 
 
20: Hempstead and Phillips (2015) suggested that the Great Recession disproportionately affected the middle-aged in terms of
 
 
 
 
21: Coleman, Kaplan, and Casey (2011) concluded that adherence to this traditional concept of  ______________ along  with psychosocial stress and easy access to lethal means, is an especially dangerous combination
 
 
 
 
22: Men in the US and other Western countries are significantly ____________ likely than women to seek professional help for mental and physical problems.
 
 
23: In an analysis of data from NSDUH, Alang (2015) found that men were more likely to forego mental health care because of
 
 
24: Which of the following is an example of social and economic changes that weaken social integration and regulation?
 
 
 
 
 
25: Which of the following is not one of Player's et al. (2015) four factors that 'tended to interact with each other and worsen over time, leading to greater suicide risk:
 
 
 
 
26: It is combinations of risk factors that are especially dangerous and can raise the risk of suicide more than any individual risk factor.
 
 
27: Which of the following is a measure of social integration?
 
 
 
 

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 9/6/2018 - 9/6/2021. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 2 continuing education clock hours.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City.  She currently practices in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.