Suicide Attempts as Social Goal-Directed Systems of Joint Careers, Projects, and Actions


Suicide as Goal-directed Action


Social and Familial Risk Factors in Suicidal Behavior

This article concentrates on 4 aspects of the social relations of suicide: 1) a brief history of the sociologic study of suicide; 2) social isolation; 3) contagion or imitation; & 4) social stress & negative interaction. The focus is on the presence or absence of external & constraining social factors, as reflected in indicators such […]

Suicidal Intent/Life Satisfaction: Comparing the Life Stories of Older Women

This paper examined Maris’s theory that some people have life histories that predispose suicidal careers. 2 groups of older women recently relocated to a nursing home were studied. 12 women were selected from a sample of 256. 72 hours of transcribed life histories were content analyzed. The most important contributing correlates to a suicidal career […]

How are Suicides Different? (IN: Assessment and Prediction of Suicide, edited by R W Maris et al)

This chapter notes the complexity & multidimensionality of suicide & briefly reviews the classical suicide typologies of Durkeim, Freud, Menninger, Baechler, & Shneidman, noting that these reflect the professional disciplines of their creators. It also discusses types of nonfatal suicide attempts, indirect self-destructive behaviors, ideas, & other deaths, aw well as the classification systems of […]

The Problem of Suicide Among Inuit Youth

This manuscript is divided into 6 parts. Part 1 examines suicide among the Inuit in both traditional & modern times. The 2nd part examines suicide in general & the 3rd section attempts to explain suicide specifically among Inuit youth. Parts 4 & 5 explore the roles of acculturation & internal colonialism in Inuit suicide. The […]

Suicide and Pseudocide: a Reanalysis of Maris’s Data