Year: 1985 Source: East-West Center Conference on Culture, Youth & Suicide in the Pacific, (1985: Honolulu), p.112-124 SIEC No: 19880181

The author discusses findings from a review of recent (1971-83) suicides recorded in Truk. Circumstances of death are examined; findings are use of alcohol, trivial disagreements or quarrels, disruption of interpersonal relationships & impulsivity. Anger is cited as a frequent motive, with shame part of a secondary pattern. Psychotic suicides, clustering & contagion are briefly mentioned. Truk suicides are discussed relative to social environment, personal profile, & familial relationships.