Year: 1988 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.153, (1988), p.16-20 SIEC No: 19880689

The author discusses various definitions of suicide; how the chosen definition places restrictions on the investigator who uses it; the 3 principal stages upon which a death is classified as a suicide: the death must be unnatural, the initiator of the course of action that led to the death be the deceased, the motive for self-destruction be established; how the problems of attempted suicide, failed suicide, or parasuicide relate to those of suicide. (GW)