Year: 1983 Source: British Journal of Medical Psychology, v.56, no.2, (1983), p.197-204 SIEC No: 19842298

There was considerable agreement between 50 psychiatrists in their choice of reasons to explain patients’ overdoses after reading transcripts of interviews with self-poisoning patients. Multidimensional scaling analysis of the psychiatrists’ choices across the cases suggest 4 groups of reasons: a) directed at some significant person; b) help-seeking; c) self-referring; d) suicidal intent.