Year: 1984 Source: Littleton, Mass.: John Wright, 1984. p.245-258 SIEC No: 19842165

Author looks at the uncertainties in defining & diagnosing nonpsychotic depression prior to adulthood & the theoretical problems & clinical pitfalls in using a descriptive definition. Also reviewed are some personality factors which allow or compel suicidal actions in children especially the manner in which sadomasochistic fixations & early deficiencies in bodily self-love contribute to self-hurting tendencies and the relationship between depression & suicide.