Year: 1985 Source: Alberta Psychology, v.14, no.2, (April 1985), p.12-13 SIEC No: 19850743

A pilot study of suicidal behavior among mentally handicapped individuals was conducted, using case records of 12 clients selected by the University of Calgary’s BST.(7 males, 5 females, aged 17-45) Several demographic variables were compared. Findings indicated that attempts were preceded in most cases by a period of frustration & stress. Lack of cognitive ability did not appear to deter feelings of hopelessness & the realization that suicide is one alternative to overwhelming emotional stress.