Year: 1960 Source: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, v.12, (1960), p.120-129 SIEC No: 19840479

This article begins with an extended discussion of psychological causality. Neither clinical intuition nor statistical prediction are entirely satisfactory as predictors of suicide. Some authors have blended the 2 types of explanation, & this approach has been more satisfactory. The author suggests that psychoanalytic theories about suicide have not been explored experimentally. He then cites the absence of material in mental hospitals, & the lack of theory about such incidents as well. (JS)