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Suicide and Systems
 
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Anthony J. Wilgus, MSW
The suicide of a sixty-eight-year-old woman affords a unique opportunity to move toward a greater understanding of this event that occurs in the life cycle of the human. While conventional psychiatric interpretations of depression and suicide focus primarily upon individual pathology, Bowen theory broadens the lens of analysis so that multiple relationships in several generations illuminate these phenomena. Of special importance in this exploration is the fact that the individual who committed suicide left an extensive volume of personal journals over a ten-year span, highlighting some of her thoughts and reflections prior to her death. Despite the writer having no prior knowledge of theory, the author contends that these documents vividly illustrate some of the core concepts of Bowen theory and substantiate the view that suicide is an event transcending the bio-psycho-social processes residing within any individual.

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