Year: 1965 Source: Pediatrics, v.35, (April 1965), p.641-651 SIEC No: 19832953

This study was designed to investigate childhood poisoning using a behavioral approach. More specifically, they wished to find out why children poison themselves repeatedly as opposed to other children who poison themselves once or not at all. Ingestion of poisons seems to be the result of purposeful behavior on the part of the children. Subsequent ingestions seem to be inappropriate methods the child uses to gain more relatedness with parents or to express anger.(CI)