Year: 1976 Source: Psychological Reports, v.39, (1976), p.549-550 SIEC No: 19832973

Menninger has argued that the suicidal behavior of psychotics is more serious than such behavior of neurotics. A study of attempted suicides showed that 102 neurotics & 90 psychotics (of 246 consecutive attempted suicides) did not differ in their suicidal intent as measured by self-report & by an objective suicide intent scale (the Beck Depression Inventory) or in the medical lethality of their attempts. Thus, no support was found for Menninger’s hypothesis.