Suicide justice: Adopting Indigenous feminist methods in settler suicidology

White settler colonies around the world have long reported disproportionately high rates of Indigenous suicides, a consequence of the continuing violence of imperialism. This article posits a need for interdisciplinary approaches to address this crisis and therefore turns to humanist methods developed in Indigenous and feminist scholarship. I analyze texts from U.S. psychologist Edwin Shneidman […]

Domestic Violence-Related Deaths

Using data from the “Surveillance for Violent Deaths – National Violent Death Reporting System, 16 States, 2005” (Karch et al, 2008), it is possible to extrapolate that as many as 7,832 male & 1,958 female domestic violence-related suicides occur annually in the United States. When domestic violence-related suicides are combined with domestic violence homicides, the […]

Feminist Characteristics as Buffers to Suicide Attitudes and Ideation

This study explored the buffering quality of several characteristics (including self-esteem, autonomy, spirituality, religiosity, & social support) against suicidality. A total of 120 college-age women participated in the study. The full regression model that included hopelessness & a constellation of characteristics conceptually associated with feminist orientation was able to predict significantly suicide risk in this […]

Murder Followed by Suicide in Australia, 1973-1992: a Research Note

This study of murder-suicide in Australia is based on the analysis of 188 events in four states over the period 1973-1992. The focus is on 2 types of murder-suicide – those events in which a male offender kills his female partner & those events in which parents kills his or her child or children. The […]

Snehalata’s Death: Dowry and Women’s Agency in Colonial Bengal


Female and Male Suicides in Batman, Turkey: Poverty, Social Change, Patriarchal Oppression and Gender Links

The Interconnectedness and Causes of Female Suicidal Ideation With Domestic Violence

Happily Never After: Young Women’s Stories of Abuse in Heterosexual Love Relationships


Shifting Conversations on Girls’ and Women’s Self-Injury: an Analysis of the Clinical Literature in Historical Context

The author presents a historical review of girls’ & women’s episodic & repetitive self-injury in the clinical literature from 1913 to the present. Moving from research studies which indicate that self-injury typically presents in females during adolescence, this article elucidates how self-injury may reflect girls’ developmental struggles within a patriarchal culture & embody a narrative […]

Gender, Feminism, and Death: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia (IN: Feminism and Bioethics: Beyond Reproduction, ed. by S M Wolf)

For a response to this article by D Raymond, please see SIEC #2004-0063

“Fatal Practices”: a Feminist Analysis of Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

For the original article by S Wolf, please see SIEC #2004-0062

Questions of Culture, age and Gender in the Epidemiology of Suicide

Cultural values were examined as predictors of suicide incidence rates compiled for men & women in 6 age groups for 33 nations for the years 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, & 1985. Hofstede’s cultural values of Power-Distance, Uncertainty Avoidance, & Masculinity were negative correlates of reported suicide, & Individualism was a strong positive correlate. Suicide by […]

Religious Perspectives on Assisted Suicide

This article explores the contribution of religious thought to the debates over both the morality of physician-assisted suicide & the moral implications of its legalization. A summary of religious attitudes toward suicide, the influences these attitudes have on the American courts, & feminist contributions to this debate (factoring context into discussions of freedoms & rights) […]

Automating Gender: Postmodern Feminism in the age of the Intelligent Machine

This essay puts English mathematician A Turing’s work on artificial intelligence in dialogue with postmodern theories of the body & with feminist theories of gender politics. The author uses information about Turing’s own life & death to argue that his theories on artificial intelligence have produced resonances for contemporary discussions of the postmodern body. Turing […]

Living…the Best Option

See SIEC #2001-0086 for more information on the project evaluation.

Aspects of Qualitative Research in Suicidology

The following article is based on twelve years experience with psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapy for suicidal patients at the Center for Therapy & Studies of Suicidal Behavior (TZS) at the University Hospital of Eppendorf in Hamburg. Part I describes the psychodynamic & experience-oriented research approach employed by the TZS, which can be view as a contribution to […]

Autonomy, Interdependence, and Assisted Suicide: Respecting Boundaries/Crossing Lines

This essay contrasts the individualistic conception of autonomy with an alternative understanding that recognizes a social component built into the meaning of autonomy. Using the situation of physician-assisted suicide, the author’s principal aim is to show that when autonomy is understood relationally, respecting others’ autonomy is likely to be a far more complex issue than […]

Living is the Best Option

See SIEC #2001-0086 and #2001-0096 for more information.

Living is the Best Option. Young Women’s Project: Evaluation of Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative Final Report


Daughters of the Moon, Sisters of the Sun: Young Women & Mentors on the Transition to Womanhood


“This is not Death, it is Something Safer”: a Psychodynamic Approach to Sylvia Plath

Gerisch attempts to show that Plath’s life & work contain aspects that are relevant for a comprehensive understanding of female psychosexual development & female suicidality within the context of a male defined cultural order. Discussion on Plath’s mother-daughter relationship, identity dissociation, duplication/splitting of her female identity, and suicide as a synthesis of the true and […]

Suicidality Among Women: From Epidemiology to Psychodynamics

The author states that traditional theories on female suicidality are greatly influenced by male & female gender stereotypes. Thus, female suicidal problems are delegated to that area where women most obviously differ from men: the body. A differentiated understanding of female suicidality will only be possible if the traditional explanations are rigorously questioned & if […]

Crisis Training From a Feminist Perspective

This presentation asserts that feminist values should be incorporated into the training for crisis line workers. It notes that workers operating with traditional values can inadvertantly interfere with & hinder a caller’s attempts to become healthier. A feminist perspective can benefit both female & male callers & influence interactions with volunteers & the community. Seven […]