The Legacy of Lucretia: Rape-Suicides in art, 509 BC-2008 (IN: Suicide and the Creative Arts, edited by S Stack & D Lester)

While rape is a known risk factor for suicidality in both men & women, it has received relatively little attention in suicidology. There is also a relative lack of attention to the extent to which & how rape-suicide has been covered in various art forms. It is clear that one portrayal of rape-suicide, that of[…]

An Inquiry Into Relationship Suicides and Reciprocity

The authors propose a reciprocity-based theory to explain suicides associated with relationship problems. Employing a content analysis of suicide notes, the theory was tested. Evidence was found of exploitation, exploiter guilt, retaliation, & retreat as motives for relationship-based suicide. Reciprocity-based note writers were more likely to have used alcohol or drugs in the hours prior[…]

Daydreaming About Death: Violent Daydreaming as a Form of Emotion Dysregulation in Suicidality


Suicide to Harass Others: Clues From Mythology to Understanding Suicide Bombing Attacks

Terror Suicide: how is it Possible?

Based on the distinction between causes for suicide & facilitators of suicide, the author contends that terror suicide is based largely on processes that facilitate suicide rather than on personal distress. Under this premise, terror suicides are examined in terms of enthusiastic determination to achieve a goal, ideological rage, glorification of the post self, heavenly[…]

Bereavement After Suicide by Firearm

This article examines the motivations of people who choose the use of firearms as a method for suicide. The author cites several examples in which it appears that the deceased chose suicide by firearm as a way of expressing anger toward those close to him. (11 refs) (SC)

Suicide. Its Nature and Moral Evaluation.

This paper defines what suicide is and provides a schema for its moral evaluation. When an individual takes his/her own life it is suicide unless one of two conditions obtains: he did not truly “choose” his death, or there is an alternate description/intention of the act. The moral evaluation of suicides groups them into three[…]

The Impact of Suicide Across Cultures: More Than a Fairy Tale (IN: The Impact of Suicide, edited by B L Mishara)

The cultural variations in the effects of suicide are reviewed in this chapter. Different types of suicide (in terms of the consequences intended by the victim), e.g. atonement (seppuku), nonviolent resistance (self-immolation by Buddhist monks), or revenge (Lusi-Kaliai of New Guinea) are discussed. There is also a discussion of cluster suicide & suicide as a[…]

Samsonic Suicide or Suicide of Revenge Among Africans

The author argues that another type of suicide, identified as Samsonic suicide, exists in Africa. However, unlike Samson, whose suicide was one of revenge where by killing himself, he killed his enemies, African suicides of revenge do not necessarily involve the destruction of one’s enemies with the destruction of oneself. Many occur because the suicide[…]

The Effect of the Content of Suicide Notes on Grief Reactions

This study focuses on the emotional reactions of spouses of suicide victims to the content of suicide notes. 48 married subjects recorded their emotional responses to 4 types of simulated notes. The notes either blamed the spouse, expressed love & forgiveness but still blamed the spouse, expressed no blame, or blamed themselves. There were significant[…]