Year: 1996 Source: Omega, v.34, no.4, (1996-97), p.333-336 SIEC No: 19970639

College students were presented with a hypothetical scenario in which they were dying from AIDS. Those with a hypothetically higher level of pain estimated a greater possibility of committing suicide; those with a hypothetically greater chance of survival for a year estimated the probability of suicide as less. Author suggests an approach for studying the rationality of decisions to commit suicide & for studying the actual decisions made by terminally ill patients.