Year: 1991 Source: Omega, v.22, no.3, (1990-91), p.215-218 SIEC No: 19910156

The impact of the motives expressed in the suicide note on the reactions of the survivor of a suicide were explored by presenting respondents with cases of suicide to read & judge.These were identical except for the suicide note which expressed either anger toward the survivor, self-blame, or the desire to escape from psychological pain. Respondents felt it would be harder to express sympathy toward the survivors of suicides who expressed self-blame. Implications of this finding are discussed.