Year: 1969 Source: Hospital Medicine, v.5, (September 1969), p.117-118 SIEC No: 19850860

This article explores suicidal motivation & intent. Self destructive behavior can be learned as a way of solving problems, as in those individuals having a family history of suicide, or by caregivers & gatekeepers who have much experience with homicide & suicide. Self sestructive behavior may also reward the victim in terms of increased attention or successful manipulation of another. Bodily damage & eventual estrangement of significant others may satisfy punishment needs. (NBB)