Year: 1984 Source: Thesis (Ph.D.)-University of California, Berkeley, 1983. 243p. SIEC No: 19850962

The theory that females attempt suicide more than males because of predisposing factors related to stress is investigated. Subjects were 738 female attempters admitted to San Francisco psychiatric hospitals between 1968 & 1974. Female attempters in general were more socially & normatively integrated than male attempters, non-heterosexual females & female eventual suicides. The author concludes that groups with less power were more likely to use suicide attempts as a tension management strategy.