Bonus Years: Robin Williams and the prevalence of later-life suicide


Silvia Canetto, a Colorado State University psychology professor specializing in gender issues in suicidal behavior, suggests that’s because women are more experienced and comfortable with managing and adapting to major changes in their life.

“Women are capable of more complex and flexible coping strategies than men (because) women experience more changes in roles and body functioning during adulthood, perhaps preparing them for physical changes in later life. In contrast, men are socialized to be in control and shape the world according to their needs (so) men arrive at later life with unrealistic expectations and a limited range of coping strategies.”