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October 2021

Mind shadows - A suicide in the family

Journal/Book: J Contemp Ethnogr. 2000; 29: 2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, USA. Sage Publications Inc. 222-255.

Abstract: Research an youth suicide is reviewed along with a brief recounting of family systems theory and the concepts underlying life study research. Together these three orientations serve as a foundation for an account of a suicide of a teenage girl. The story of the young woman reveals the role of narrative thought in autoethnography as well as the nature of storytelling and the witnessing of personal accounts by the researcher The actual account describes the life of a young woman growing up in a volatile home where there is constant fighting and tension. Her reaction to the anger surrounding her and the disapproval she feels culminates in an act of self-destruction. The account concludes with a discussion of the role of family systems, shame, and destructive relationships in the development of the self.

Note: Article Cottle TJ, Boston Univ, Boston,MA 02215 USA

Keyword(s): BEHAVIOR

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