Year: 1987 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (20th: 1987: San Francisco), p.430-431 SIEC No: 19880901

In this summary of his paper, the author presents a model of successive stages in the self-destructive process: threat of role collapse, threat to the positive sense of personal identity, struggle for psychological survival, death. He discusses these stages in light of Freud’s framework & with examples e.g. Japanese willingness to commit suicide at the end of WWII possibly due to cultural opposition to the development of personal identity. (GW)