Year: 1976 Source: Journal of Health and Social Behavior, v.17, no.4, (1976), p.318-327 SIEC No: 19831890

An investigation in a mental hospital that served as a training center for psychiatric residents revealed that periods of high suicide rates among patients tended to follow upon a decrease in interaction between some authority holders & residents & turnover among top-ranking psychiatrists; & tended to be associated with low ratio of older to new residents. These instances represent conditions in which residents were likely to lack the support that is needed for a feeling of competence.