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ERIC Number: ED159568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-8
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Life Situations and Lifestyles of Persons Who Attempt Suicide.
Sakinofsky, Isaac
A Sample of 228 suicide attempters admitted in the emergency rooms of four general hospitals in an industrial city was studied as part of an ongoing follow-up investigation of the interaction of life situations and stresses and coping skills. Approximately 60% of the sample came from chaotic homes torn apart by family conflict. An assortative mating factor which may operate differently between the sexes is suggested, and the probability that female suicide attempters are self-selected and use this form of behavior as a legitimized way of bringing their marital disharmony to a head is indicated. The proportion of the total sample who were unemployed was striking. There was a clear association between coming from a disordered family background and subsequently living on welfare in adult life, whereas those who came from a stable background were more often found to be supporting themselves. Some evidence exists, suggesting that a childhood background characterized by family strife and dissension is damaging to the development of personality (as exemplified in suicide attempters) and severly impairs the ability to form harmonious sexual partnerships as well as impairing the development of constructive attitudes and skills towards work and self-support. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology (11th, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 6-9, 1978)