Year: 1981 Source: New York: Academic Press, Inc., 1981. pp.1-11 SIEC No: 19900667

The author asserts that almost all behaviour displayed by oranisms is oriented toward the maintenance or advancement of biological fitness, yet self-destructive behaviour acts directly against this. Humans are virtually the only species which are overtly self-destructive. The author argues that suicide is a result of a reduced biological fitness relative to others in the population, due to stress & other environmental factors. (VM)