The suicide of Private Danny Chen: An interpersonal theory perspective

Donna L. Schuman, Steven Buchanan, Jason Boehler, Christopher Flaherty

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Despite considerable prevention and intervention efforts, military suicide rates have increased. Although most research on active-duty military suicide has focused on combat exposure, evidence shows that bullying, hazing, and race are understudied risk factors for military suicide. According to the interpersonal theory of suicide, thwarted belongingness, perceived burdensomeness, and acquired capability are necessary components for enacting a suicide death. In this theoretically-based interpersonal case analysis of the suicide death of Private Danny Chen, an American soldier of Chinese descent, we explore how bullying, hazing, and race may have intersected with other vulnerabilities to result in his death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2467-2476
Number of pages10
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2022

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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