NASW Press Titles on Elder Suicide and Social Entrepreneurship

Jun 19, 2019

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Elder Suicide Durkheim’s VisionElder Suicide: Durkheim’s Vision, by Stephen M. Marson, examines suicide among the elderly, which occurs at a higher rate than those of other age cohorts, is more successful, and has the lowest rates of failed attempts. Gerontological practitioners must be aware of what leads to elder suicide, as the victims are unlikely to call attention to the matter themselves before they make an attempt.

Stephen Marson has spent over 40 years as a practicing social work gerontologist, studying the sociological theories for suicide intervention of elderly clients. Ultimately, Marson determined that Emile Durkheim’s theory of suicide was the perfect fit for understanding suicidal distress in the elderly. Rather than focusing on psychological diagnoses, he uses Durkheim’s theory to identify fatalistic, anomic, egoistic, and altruistic environmental circumstances that create suicide potential.

Social Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, and Social Value Creation: Relevance for Contemporary Social Work PracticeSocial Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, and Social Value Creation: Relevance for Contemporary Social Work, edited by Monica Nandan, Tricia B. Bent-Goodley, and Gokul Mandayam, presents innovative, adaptable, and scalable strategies to complex social and human problems. Sharing their deep knowledge and personal experiences, the authors provide concepts, principles, skills, and practical examples of entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial social work across the globe.

Social entrepreneurs challenge the assumption that social good and entrepreneurialism are incompatible. Building on social workers’ long history of innovation promoting social justice and change for the common good, this informative book explores the trends, organizational practices, and broad system-level advances that drive contemporary social work.

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