Year: 1972 Source: Life-Threatening Behavior, v.2, no.1, (Spring 1972), p.3-18 SIEC No: 19860859

To the question “Why suicide?” a tentative framework is proposed, taking the form of a syndrome of 5 components: commitment, rigidity, failure, shame, & isolation. The syndrome is psychological as well as sociological, deals with the response of the suicide victim to crisis, & suggest mechanisms lacking in other theoretical frameworks. Quantitative & qualitative data taken from interviews with survivors of well over 100 suicides support the framework.