Year: 1967 Source: Archives of General Psychiatry, v.17, (1967), p.187-194 SIEC No: 19820062

The effects of a suicide on all patients & staff of a private psychiatric hospital were studied. Results indicated that the milieu of a specific ward was the primary determinant of responses, & a theoretical formulation was proposed to explain the milieu influence. Other factors discussed included dynamics involved in stress resolution, staff reactions, noninvestment of aides, & suggestions for dealing therapeutically with such an incident. (19 refs.) (RM)