The Concept of Death and Suicidal Behavior in Young Children: Three Case Studies
Orbach I~~Glaubman H
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.