The Developmental Perspective of Suicide

  • Ronald W. Maris


In 1981, I wrote:

Virtually everyone engaged in suicide research agrees that it is time to move from static, structural, descriptive profiles of self-destructive behaviors to dynamic developmental models. Suicidal lethality (the probability of committing suicide) varies over time and among different types of individuals (and groups). It is argued here that the suicide’s biography or “career” is always relevant to his or her self-destructive reaction to crises and that it is precisely this history, individual or group, which tends to be neglected. (Maris, 1981, p.9)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald W. Maris
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  1. 1.The Center for the Study of SuicideUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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