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Katie's Diary: Unlocking the Mystery of a Suicide / Edition 1

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This book is a unique and highly personal account of the months leading up to a young woman's suicide, based on unprecedented access to the diary that chronicled the last year of her life. Katie's Diary combines the intimate words of the suicide victim alongside in-depth analysis of the diary by a diverse collection of leading scholars from fields ranging from suicidology, linguistics, women's studies, and Jungian psychology. Distinctive in its approach and universal in its appeal, this book brings us closer to understanding the mystery of suicide.
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"Despite volumes of research on the topic, we are no nearer to understanding why individuals commit suicide than we were 40 years ago. Thus, the thoughtful readings and reactions to Katie's journal may serve to advance our understanding and thinking in this important area...I see this...as representing [the] leading edge of the field of suicidology that is timely and shows promise of becoming "standard reading" for suicidologists and other mental health clinicians."James Rogers, University of Akron
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Series Editor's Foreword
Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: The Study of Personal Documents 1
Ch. 2 Who Is Katie? 15
Ch. 3 The Diary: The Last Month 19
Ch. 4 Why Did You Kill Yourself, Katie? Questions and Reflections on a Young Woman's Suicide 41
Ch. 5 What Was She Trying to Say? A Linguistic Analysis of Katie's Diaries 55
Ch. 6 Thoughts of Katie: A Cognitive Perspective 81
Ch. 7 Katie: A Protocol Analysis of Her Diary 97
Ch. 8 The Ophelia Complex 109
Ch. 9 A Psychospiritual Approach for Understanding Heart and Soul: Katie's Yearning for Well-Being Amidst Chaos and Confusion 123
Ch. 10 Not Waving but Drowning: A Jungian Perspective on Katie 151
Ch. 11 Separation Theory and Voice Therapy Methodology Applied to the Treatment of Katie: A Diary-Based Retrospective Case Conceptualization and Treatment Approach 161
Ch. 12 Final Thoughts: Did Writing a Diary Help or Harm Katie? 189
Author Index 203
Subject Index 207
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