Year: 1966 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.122, (1966), p.1248-1253 SIEC No: 19830072

This preliminary paper is a departure in the sense that it deals exclusively with the conscious deliberations of the adolescents and the process by which they are led to conclude that death is the only possible solution to life’s problems. Such a perspective is not intended to exclude the unconscious psychodynamic factors of the attempt which are presently being evaluated in our ongoing study.