Year: 1966 Source: Practitioner, v.196, no.1174, (1966), p.557-561 SIEC No: 19832323

Attempted suicide should be considered as an act in its own right, and not merely as an unsuccessful suicide, according to Stengel (Stengel and Cook, 1958), who has defined a suicidal attempt as “any act of self-damage inflicted with self-destructive intention, however vague and ambiguous.” “Sometimes,” he adds, “this intention has to be inferred from the patient’s behavior.”