Year: 1987 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (20th: 1987: San Francisco), p.33-35 SIEC No: 19880738

The author briefly discusses the case of a Japanese-American woman who tried to drown herself & her children at the prospect of divorce. Explanations for her actions include: Japanese are not educated to be easily acculturated; for Japanese women, divorce means a complete loss of security; children are considered the parent’s property, & a lenient attitude toward the mother killing children in a suicide. Japanese perceive such deaths as parent child suicide (Oyaku Shinju) not murder suicide.(GW)