Year: 1968 Source: Journal of Health and Social Behavior, v.9, no.3, (1968), p.255-266 SIEC No: 19820961

This paper reports results of an attempt to specify one of the circumstances in which suicide among patients in a mental hospital is most likely to occur, without having to use data which depend on retrospective evaluations of the psychological or motivational adequacy of individuals involved in caring for the patient at the time of his death. The relative size & turnover rates of mental hospital personnel & patient populations bear a significant relationship to the time of the suicide.(DD)