Year: 1985 Source: Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, v.15, no.2, (Summer 1985), p.77-90 SIEC No: 19860112

This study describes the specific conflicts which suicidal women experience in their intimate relationships with men. Fifty women who had made suicide attempts were studied with a focus on the contributing role of their relationships with men to the genesis of the suicidal acts. Four major themes were found in the relationships: “smothering love”, infidelity, battering, and denial of affection. Examples of the four themes are described and analyzed.