The association of measures of Angyal’s biopositive and bionegative system principles with other constructs and associations with suicidality

In a sample of undergraduates, a history of suicidal ideation was predicted by the pattern of noncommitment positively and negatively with the trend toward homonomy. A history of attempted suicide was predicted by autonomy scores positively and negatively with the trend toward homonomy. Andras Angyal (1965) proposed a holistic theory of personality which viewed the […]

A Conversation With Edwin Shneidman

This article is a transcript of a conversation between the author & Edwin Shneidman on August 19, 2008. Recent advances in machine learning, particularly neurocognitive computing, have provided a fresh approach to the idea of using computers to analyze the language of the suicidal person. Here this notion & many others are discussed. (15 refs.) […]

Factors Associated With Anxiety, Depression and Suicide Ideation in Female Outpatients with SLE in Japan

84 female Japanese outpatients with systemic lupus erythematosus were studied. Trait anxiety, state anxiety, depression, & suicide ideation were evaluated using psychological tests & the relationships between the respective psychological features & background factors were statistically evaluated using stepwise multiple logistic regression analyses. “Human relations among family members” & “high daily steroid dosage” were found […]

Understanding the Relationship Between Depression, Hopelessness, Psychache and Suicide Risk

2 studies were done to examine the relationship between suicidality & 3 key psychological predictors of suicide risk, namely, depression, hopelessness, & psychache. Using a sample of 587 undergraduates, Study 1 determined the degree to which these predictors are distinct. Exploratory & confirmatory factor analyses indicated the factors were separate but correlated. Study 2 compared […]

Measuring Hopelessness and Life Orientation in Pakistani Adolescents

This study measured hopelessness & hopefulness in Pakistani adolescents. Translated versions (into Urdu) of the Beck Hopelessness Scale & the Life Orientation Test were administered to 723 adolescents & young adults. For the Urdu Beck Hopelessness Scale, all item-total correlation coefficients were significant & yielded a single component. The principal component analysis on the Urdu […]

Identifying Colonial Discourses in Inupiat Young People’s Narratives as a way to Understand the No Future of Inupiat Youth Suicide

Alaska Native youth suffer disproportionately from suicide. Some researchers explain this by pointing to social disintegration brought on by rapid social change, but few make the connection to an ongoing colonialism explicit. This paper articulates some of the ways that colonial discourses affect Inupiat young people’s self-conceptions, perceived choices, &, consequently, their behavioural health. Inupiat […]

Young Men’s Experiences of Living With Substance Abuse and Suicidal Behaviour: Between Death as an Escape From Pain and the Hope of a Life

This study illuminated the experiences of suicidal behaviour in young Norwegian men with long-term substance abuse & interpreted their narratives with regard to meaning. Data were collected using open-ended, in-depth interviews. A phenomenological hermeneutic approach was used to analyse the data. 3 themes were identified: the meaning of relating; the meaning of reflecting; & the […]

Living in a Maze: Health, Well-Being and Coping in Young non-Western men in Scandinavia Experiencing Substance Abuse and Suicidal Behaviour

This study examined & interpreted the lived experiences of emigration, substance abuse, & suicidal behaviour in young non-Western men in Scandinavia. Data were collected in open-ended interviews & a phenomenological hermeneutic approach was used to analyse the data. Structural analysis identified 3 themes: the meaning of getting in a tight spot; the meaning of being […]

The Happiness-Suicide Paradox

This study documents a paradox: the happiest places have the highest suicide rates. The study combines findings from 2 large & rich individual-level data sets – one on life satisfaction & another on suicide deaths – to establish the paradox in a consistent way across American states. It replicates the finding in data on Western […]

Counselor Perspectives on Suicide and Suicidal Ideation: a Qualitative Study


Health Status and Behavioral Outcomes for Youth who Anticipate a High Likelihood of Early Death


A Study of Suicide Grief: Meaning Making and the Griever’s Relational World


Princesses who Commit Suicide: Primary Children Writing Within and Against Gender Stereotypes


Psychological Tensions Found in Suicide Notes: a Test for the Strain Theory of Suicide

This research has content-analyzed 40 suicide notes (20 by those who died by suicide & 20 by suicide attempters) & found strong support for the strain theory of suicide. Although little difference is found in the number & pattern of strains between the completers & attempters, both groups have many aspirations & coping strains & […]

Hope Seen Through the Eyes of 10 Australian Young People

This study explored hope in 10 young adults in Australia. Two methods were used to encourage participants to reflect on their experiences of hope – taking pictures of what they believed showed hope & participation in an indepth interview, prompted in part by their photographs. Four horizons of hope were revealed: at-one-with; a driving force; […]

A Long-Shadowed Grief: Suicide and its Aftermath

In this book, the author, himself a survivor of suicide, explores how one may live & live spiritually as a survivor. He also addresses the way faith is permanently altered by the isolation suicide brings.

The Education of Sisyphus: Absurdity, Educative Transformation, and Suicide

This article examines the idea of suicide as a metaphor for transformative education. Camus’s The Myth of Sisyphus is used as a framework for discussing the absurdity of education as well as the lucidity available through an openness to personal and professional transformation. An argument is made for a rhythmic progression of lucidity and comfort […]

Theoretical Grounding: the “Missing Link” in Suicide Research


Sense-making, Grief, and the Experience of Violent Loss: Toward a Mediational Model

Does Ethnicity Influence Adolescent Suicide Risk?

American Indian Suicides in Jail: Can Risk Screening be Culturally Sensitive?

Hypochondriacal Patients’ Appraisal of Health and Physical Risks


Dysfunctional Attitudes and 5-HT2 Receptors During Depression and Self-Harm