Year: 1997 Source: New York, NY: The Guilford Press, 1997. p.42-60 SIEC No: 19980556

Maris’s test of Durkheim’s assertion that suicide is determined by external & social factors is explained and his findings are given. Other challenges to Durkheim’s work from Douglas, Phillips and Pescosolido are provided, which the author evaluates. Maris’ biopsychosocial approach to suicide & his belief that it is the most effective approach to understanding suicide is detailed. Other outstanding issues and future areas of research are suggested. (46 refs.)