Year: 2000 Source: Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, v.11, no.2, (2000), p.21-32 SIEC No: 20031327

Analysis of behaviors that are often classified as non-compliance or passive suicide reveals that in older adults, these actions can represent attempts by the person to gain control of & to ameliorate a negative life situation. A case is presented which demonstrates the ultimate outcome of engagement in such behavior when it is misinterpreted or left untreated. The functions of indirect life-threatening behavior are discussed. (21 refs)