Suicidal Behaviour - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080168555, 9781483186955

Suicidal Behaviour

1st Edition

The Commonwealth and International Library: Social Work Division

Authors: J. Wallace McCulloch Alistair E. Philip
Editors: Jean P. Nursten
eBook ISBN: 9781483186955
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1972
Page Count: 136
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Suicidal Behaviour aims to assist troubled people who turn their hostility on themselves, as well as to those whose vocation is to help these people. This text first gives an introduction, explaining the magnitude of the problem, the problem of nomenclature, and the relationship of suicide to attempted suicide. This book then provides and explains social, psychiatric, and psychological findings. Ecological correlates of suicidal behavior and concept of suicide are also tackled. This text also looks into the factors why people attempt suicide repeatedly. This book concludes by explaining the implications for prevention of suicidal behavior. This publication will be invaluable to counselors, sociologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists. Students interested in the subject will also find this book of significance.

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword



The Magnitude of the Problem

The Problem of Nomenclature

The Relationship of Suicide to Attempted Suicide

1 Social Findings

Age and Sex

Seasonal Variations

Marital Status

Social Class

Childhood Experiences

Broken Homes

Marital Disharmony and Love Problems

Emotional Problems


Problems Involving the Wider Social Sphere

2 Psychiatric Findings

Psychiatric Diagnosis

Motive, Premeditation, and Intent

Endangerment to Life

Methods Used

Treatment and Disposal

3 Psychological Findings

An Overview of the Psychological Literature

Early British Studies

Tests Used in the Major Psychological Study

Degree of Psychiatric Disturbance

Major Personality Features of the Group

Differences Within the Group

Personality Types Emerging from the Study

4 Ecological Correlates o f Suicidal Behavior

Brief Description of the Ecological Method

Variables Used in the Ecological Study

Analyzing the Data - Example of a Typal Method

Results of Typal Analysis in the Study

Social Variables Related to Suicidal Behavior

Social Variables Manifested by Individuals

The Value of Simple Ecological Analyses

5 The Concept of Suicide

6 Sequel of Suicidal Behavior

A Follow-up Study of Attempted Suicides

Factors Associated with Social Prognosis

Factors Associated with Repeated Attempts at Suicide

7 Implications for Prevention




Active Intervention - The Matching of Patient and Therapist

Local Community Action

Poor Parent-Child Relationships


General References

References of Specialized Interest



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About the Author

J. Wallace McCulloch

Alistair E. Philip

About the Editor

Jean P. Nursten

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