Year: 1970 Source: New Zealand Nursing Journal, (January 1970), p.9-12 SIEC No: 19850461

Brown states “There has been a common tradition in literature for death to be represented as a lover, particularly for females, & the sex act is itself often referred to as ‘a dying’.” (p.11) He notes the prevalence of female attempters & states the most common method used–overdose–is attractive because it is not disfiguring, & this means is often readily available. For social isolated females who are unable to talk to others about their distress, attempting suicide is a form of communication.