Year: 1983 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.140, no.2, (February 1983), p.154-157 SIEC No: 19831721

4 groups of suicidal &/or assaultive behaviors were identified within 102 6-12 yr olds undergoing psychiatric evaluation. 2 distinct types of suicidal children were delineated: suicidal-only types, composed of children with relatively stable ego functioning who became overtly depressed only under extreme environmental stress; & assaultive/suicidal types, who had distinct ego deficits, were prone to identify with parental acting-out, & were subject to a variety of symptomatic behaviours.