Year: 1992 Source: Death Studies, v.16, no.1, (January-February 1992), p.31-43 SIEC No: 19920010

This article reviews the literature on societal attitudes toward suicidal behaviour. Attitudes include not only how society feels about those who kill themselves but the family members who are left behind as well. Although surveys show that many Americans see suicidal people as psychologically disturbed, some groups argue that suicide can be seen as a rational behaviour. The idea is postulated that the answer to whether suicide is a rational or irrational act may not be as simple as yes or no.