Year: 2003 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.33, no.2, (Summer 2003), p.172-185 SIEC No: 20040647

Individuals have been theorized to develop anaclitic & introjective depression to the extent that they may be characterized as dependent & self-critical, respectively (e.g., Blatt, 1990). Blatt’s theory was applied to suicidal behavior to determine if it could also be reliably broken down into two distinctive types, with respect to a number of parameters. Self-critical individuals showed greater intent to die & greater lethality in their suicide attempts than did dependents. Implications for prevention & treatment are discussed. (42 refs)