Year: 1991 Source: Journal of Counseling & Development, v.69, no.4, (March/April 1991), p.305-311 SIEC No: 19910766

This article discusses the role of shame in adolescent suicidal behavior using the psychoanalytic self-psychology of Heinz Kohut as a foundation. Shame is a fundamental stage in the development of a healthy self, but can also be a central component in suicidal behavior. Normal & pathological self-development are described & the development of the self during adolescence is explored. Suggestions for treatment of the sucidal adolescent & a case history are presented. (VM)