Year: 1981 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.11, no.3, (1981), p.180-190 SIEC No: 19820813

Assessment & treatment records were reviewed for 11 suicidal children (age 6 1/2-12 1/2).The children often experienced a suicidal parent, family in crisis, impossible parental demands, lack of satisfying adult relationships, paradoxical ideas of death, positive efforts to live. A model of children’s suicidal behavior proposes 4 forces, attractiveness vs repulsiveness or life + attractiveness vs repulsiveness of death. Relative intensity of forces is said to predict suicidal risk. (RB)