Year: 1967 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.123, no.7, (1967), p.854- 861 SIEC No: 19820106

The suicide gesture is most frequently a communicative act directed at the patient’s environment. This study describes a group of military patients who have chosen this dramatic form of communication & highlights 2 important factors in their personality makeup: their intense need to resolve their perceived conflict & their sense of social isolation. Other distinctive demographic characteristics are also described.