Year: 1984 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (17th: 1984: Anchorage,Alaska), p.119-120 SIEC No: 19850369

“The harm which an act of suicide, whether completed or not, causes to other persons is seen as the primary basis for the attribution of blame.” The author discusses different types of suicide–aggressive, escapist, oblative, & Ludic suicide. Battin argues that although blame is appropriate in some cases, blame should not be reflected in social policy, suicide prevention, or law. (Note: this is a summary of an original presentation to the AAS conference held in May 1984.) (NBB)