Year: 1991 Source: Deaths Studies, v.15, no.3, (May-June 1991), p.303-308 SIEC No: 19910420

This study examined 32 university students’ reactions to genuine & simulated suicide notes to discover what variables most people believe motivates suicide. The authors found that people often look for a traumatic event as a key to suicidal behavior. Other than this common factor, the authors found no consistency; people held their own idiosyncratic views, often based on myths. The authors conclude that educating people about suicide notes would aid prevention. (VM)