Year: 1983 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.13, no.3, (1983), p.195-207 SIEC No: 19832700

This paper explores the psychosocial and environmental configurations that might have been responsible for an unusual situation of survival under extreme conditions. A Group of 500 civilians (mostly Americans) lived 3.5 years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines during World War II. Although conditions were very harsh, the survival rate of this group was better than expected for a comparable group of people under normal conditions. Three explaining hypotheses are discussed.