Year: 1980 Source: American Journal of Psychotherapy, v.35, no.3, (1981), p.330-341 SIEC No: 19820479

The organizational characteristics of the family system of psychiatrically hospitalized suicidal latency-age children include lack of generational boundaries, severely conflicted spouse relationships, parental feelings projected onto the child, symbiotic parent-child relations, & an inflexible family system. Five cases illustrate a spectrum of family psychopathology & resultant childhood suicidal tendancies. (11 refs)