Year: 1982 Source: New York: Plenum Press, 1982. p.7-16 SIEC No: 19911456

Suicidal thoughts & behaviours emerge when developmentally &/or biologically vulnerable individuals lose the means of maintaining their sense of inner security & self-worth. Feelings of aloneness, worthlessness & despair are accompanied by rage which becomes directed at the self. Suicide seems to offer relief from inner pain while allowing the expression of this rage. Biological & developmental factors as well as coping mechanisms & the suicidal impulse are discussed in this chapter. (9 refs.)