Two Determinants of the Suicidal Behaviour of Adolescents – Their Concepts of Death and Attitudes of Their Social Surroundings
Schmitz summarized the results of 2 examinations. Results indicated that the motives of a suicidal person are closely connected to: 1) his concept of death; & 2) to the attitudes of his social peers. The concept of death (in fantasy) in adolescents corresponded with the stability of their self-esteem. The decisive determinants of professionals’ attitudes toward adolescent suicidal acts were the caregiver’s own experience with suicide & the full development of their own suicidal dynamics.