Year: 1979 Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, v.18, no.4, (1979), p.668-678 SIEC No: 19870896

Case studies are reported of two girls who attempted suicide and one boy who threatened to commit suicide. The analysis of their interviews substantiates the hypothesis that a unique cognitive conceptualization of death plays a role in the suicidal behavior of children. The children of these studies regarded themselves as being able to undergo “lifelike” experiences after death. Theoretical and clinical implications concerning children’s suicidal behavior are suggested.