Towards An Ecosystemic Understanding of Suicidal Behaviour

Eksteen, Elmarié (1999) Towards An Ecosystemic Understanding of Suicidal Behaviour. Masters thesis, University of South Africa.

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In this dissertation the literature on suicidal behavior is reviewed, with particular emphasis on professional conceptualizations and understanding as informed by the psychiatric and sociological paradigms. Basic postulates of the Ecosystemic paradigm, as it is informed by Maturana's second-order cybernetic approach was discussed. The effect of such an approach on therapy with suicidal individuals was pointed out. It became clear that perceived methodological problems experienced when researching suicidal behavior from a Newtonian/realist paradigm can be side-stepped when viewed from an Ecosystemic paradigm. It was finally proposed that an ethic of participation, as informed by a second-order cybernetic approach, be adopted when viewing the suicide situation. In the process ethics was re-conceptualized as an awareness of the therapist's participation in whatever is created, and not in finding the ''right" way when working with suicidal individuals.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Suicidal behaviour; Psychiatric paradigm; Sociological paradigm; Ecosystemic paradigm; Second-order cybernetic approach; Ethics of participation;Reconceptualization; Methodology of suicide research; Theories of suicide; Ethics; Moral issues; Professional liability; Right to suicide.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Africana
Depositing User: Mr Jude Abhulimen
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 11:41
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 10:59

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