Year: 1987 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (20th: 1987: San Francisco0,,p.94 SIEC No: 19880762

This is a brief description of the conceptual application of Breed’s basic suicide syndrome model to the psychological autopsy of a black college student. This model is based on symbolic interaction theory & consists of 5 components: commitment or strong internalization of cultural roles, rigidity & intolerance of ambiguity, failure or downward vertical mobility, shame, & isolation. All components were present in this case history with failure, shame & isolation most evident. (GW)