Year: 2010 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.40, no.1, (February 2010), p.74-80 SIEC No: 20100407

Using the differentiation between explanations & understanding from philosophy of science as the point of departure, a critical look at the current mainstream suicidological research was launched. An almost exclusive use of quantitative methodology focusing on explanations is demonstrated. This bias in scope & methodology has to a large extent taken the suicidological field into a dead-end of repetitious research. It is argued that an increased focus on understanding & thus extended use of qualitative methodology is essential in bring the suicidological field forward. (37 refs.)