Year: 1992 Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, v.86, no.6, (December 1992), p.473-477 SIEC No: 19920956

69 inpatients who had attempted suicide were studied by means of the Meta-Contrast Technique, a projective test measuring personality factors, especially defensive strategies. Patients were divided into 3 subgroups, 1 of which was defined as stereotypy only. At follow-up, 7 of 8 completed suicides belonged to this subgroup. Findings indicate that, regardless of psychiatric diagnosis, stereotypy without other defenses in Meta-Contrast Technique predicts suicide. (19 refs.)