Suicidal Behaviour

Suicidal Behaviour

The Commonwealth and International Library: Social Work Division

1st Edition - January 1, 1972

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  • Authors: J. Wallace McCulloch, Alistair E. Philip
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483186955

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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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 136
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1972
  • Published: January 1, 1972
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483186955

About the Authors

J. Wallace McCulloch

Alistair E. Philip

About the Editor

Jean P. Nursten

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