Psychological Autopsy of a Black Male

This is a brief description of the conceptual application of Breed’s basic suicide syndrome model to the psychological autopsy of a black college student. This model is based on symbolic interaction theory & consists of 5 components: commitment or strong internalization of cultural roles, rigidity & intolerance of ambiguity, failure or downward vertical mobility, shame, […]

Sociology (IN: A Handbook of the Study of Suicide, ed. by S Perlin)

Suicidal Behavior: Toward an Explanation of Differences in Female and Male Rates

Suggests that W. Breed’s 5 components of a basic suicide syndrome appear to be a satisfactory model for explaining male suicide.