Year: 1993 Source: British Journal of Psychotherapy, v.9, no.4, (Summer 1993), p.405-413 SIEC No: 20030584

This article attempts to explain the dangerous, self-injurious acts of latency-age children as acts that may be perceived as suicidal. Using the psychoanalytic object-relations theory, the author describes three cases in which the suicidal attempts seem to be the result of: role-responsiveness to the unconscious demands of the parents; a byproduct of an ongoing internal-object relationship; & an attempt to revive a lost mother. (7 refs) (SC)