Year: 1982 Source: Child Psychiatry and Human Developement, v.13, no.2, (1982), p.120-134 SIEC No: 19840752

This paper illustrates the characteristics of suicidal behaviour in 3 psychiatrically hospitalized children (6-12 yrs.), with neurotic, borderline, & psychotic disorders. It is suggested that the nature of suicidal fantasies & the mode of ego functioning associated with suicidal behaviour in these disorders is similar, but other differences in the fantasies & ego functioning also exist. A hypothetical mode of how suicidal behaviour in children develops and clinical implications are discussed.