Biblical versus Greek narratives for suicide prevention and life promotion: Releasing hope from Pandora’s urn

Although suicide has been unfortunately stigmatized unfairly through the ages, we should not make the mistake of going to the opposite extreme and valorizing it. We should not forget that the major role of health care professionals is to prevent suicide when possible and to invigorate the underlying life force in the person. Suicide is […]

In the Shadow of Death

Suicide Among African Americans: Reflections and a call to Action

This paper discusses some of the historical issues related to mental health care & African Americans. It suggests that sociocultural contexts are significant developmental shapers in the lives of African Americans. Several theoretical perspectives on suicide are presented, & Durkheim’s concept of fatalism is used in helping to unravel the dynamics of suicide. Issues related […]

Towards a Theory of Suicide: The Case for Modern Fatalism

This paper exlores the relationship between fatalism & suicide in a population of youthful victims. Content analysis of case histories & suicide notes was conducted for 132 individuals between the ages of 12 & 34. Almost 1/3 of the youthful suicide victims were found to have experienced fatalistic thought-ways prior to their death. A model […]

Personal Stress and Fatalism as Factors in College Suicide

This paper analyzes the college suicide problem by focusing on personal stress & fatalism as factors in college suicide. Evaluation of the contemporary educational system is presented & some suggestions are made for coping with the college suicide problem.

The Last Moments of Life: Learning to Cope

This study examines fatalism as a dominant factor in youth suicide. Data was obtained from a larger study that utilized official suicide records from a medical examiner’s office in a large U.S. city. Content analysis of 132 suicide notes indicated that 43 contained elements of fatalism; excerpts from 10 notes are examined. In contrast to […]

Suicide or Medical Preparedness?

Suicide and Internal-External Orientation

Many authors have discussed suicidal behavior in terms which refer to the concept of internal-external orientation. Individuals can perceive rewards & punishments that they receive in life either as contingent upon their own behaviour (internal locus of control) or upon the behaviour of others or by chance (external locus of control). The purpose of this […]

Fatalistic Suicide (HV 6548 U5P42 1979)

Investigation of the relationship between fatalism and suicides, to ascertain whether the concept of fatalism is useful in explaining suicide, particularly among young suicide victims. (KB)

Suicide – Man’s Fate?: Genetic Prevention (HV 6545 F42 1971)

Discusses individual suicides by describing the ‘dual therapy’ method of alternating male and female therapists to allow for the distinction between maternal and paternal transference. The second part deals with collective suicide by using the history of Judaism as an analogy for comparison with mankind’s self destructive behavior. (KB)

Suicide and Mass Suicide (HV 6545 M42 1962)

Discusses the relationship of personal suicidal feelings and the mass emotions in the world. (KB)

Black Ship to Hell (BD 445 B74 1962)

Discusses the self destructive impulse using illustrations from mythology, literature and history and analyses the suicidal tendency in societies. A history of rationalism is given and lastly an attempt is made to track down the destructive impulse to biological origins. (KB)

Social Integration, Goal Commitment and Fatalistic Suicide (Micro HV 6546 P42 1976)

Investigation of 455 suicides of adolescents and young adults in Milwaukee Couonty, Wisconsin, between 1960-74, to determine the efficacy of a fatalistic explanation of suicide among adolescents and young adults in contemporay American society. (KB)

Sebevrazda Hromadnym Jevem Spolecenskym Moderni Osvety (Suicide-Mass Social Phenomenon of Modern Civilization) (HV 6545 M36 1926)

An examination of the mass suicide from the historical point of view; the effects of modern historical events, social conditions, geographical locations, occupations and sex on the frequency of suicide. (RV/KB)

A Survey of Theories on Suicide Among Women (Micro HV 6546 C36 1971)

Survey to examine how well the sociological theories of suicide explain the suicide rates of women. (KB)

Income, Unemployment, and Suicide: an Occupational Study

Three Mile Island: Mental Health and the Risk of Nuclear Accidents

Carbon Disulphide as a Cause of Suicide: Epidemiological Study of Viscose Rayon Workers

The medical literature has stressed the occupational risk of exposure to carbon disulfide and the development of mental illness among viscose rayon workers. The present epidemiological study has carried this association one step further from mental illness to the ultimate step of suicide as an additional occupational risk.