Year: 2002 Source: Journal of Adult Development, v.9, no.2, (April 2002), p.117-126 SIEC No: 20051286

This paper presents a psychobiographical analysis of a young woman who died by suicide over 50 years ago. Among the documents analyzed here are her letters, a diary, creative writing, college newspaper book reviews, & academic papers. Using both an Eriksonian & object-relational theoretical framework, the roles of faith, hope, & despair in suicide, & the ways in which these were represented in the young woman’s self system, are analyzed. The usefulness of psychobiography in studying suicide, & the benefits & limitations of spiritual faith in countering depression & suicide, are discussed. (23 refs)