Year: 1978 Source: Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications, Inc., 1978. p.13-30 SIEC No: 19901141

This paper opens with a discussion of the problem of defining suicide and suicidal behaviours, examining past theorists’ perspectives. Then, a review of basic theories and conceptualizations concerning suicidal behaviour is presented. Included are analytic and psychoanalytic theories, personality syndrom approaches, developmental, power, personal construct, and cognitive theories. Sociological, existentialist, and biological theories are also examined. (+50 ref.)