Year: 1984 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.14, no.4, (Winter 1984), p.243-253 SIEC No: 19850138

This paper presents a brief review of the vocabulary of motives tradition in sociology & argues for its applicability to the study of suicidal motivation. A comparison of motive statements in the notes of suicides & motive statements elicited from a nonsuicidal group reveals a measure of motive standardization. The findings promote viewing suicide motives as social constructions learned in interaction which permit the individual & others to assign meaning & acceptability to the suicidal act.