ERIC Number: ED359445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Attitudes of Suicidal Ideators and Non-Ideators toward Suicide.
Ingram, Ellen; Ellis, Jon B.
This study was conducted to investigate attitudes that people hold about a hypothetical suicide victim in different situations. These situations depicted the victim in a scenario as either having cancer, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), schizophrenia, or a depressive disorder. An analysis was made to discern whether there were differences in the attitudes of suicidal ideators and non-ideators toward the suicide victims in each of the different scenarios. Subjects were 228 college students who completed a demographic questionnaire, a suicide questionnaire, one of four scenarios, and a perception rating scale. The suicide questionnaire distinguished ideators from non-ideators. Subjects perceived the victim in the schizophrenia scenario as the most mentally unhealthy. The victims in the cancer and AIDS scenarios were viewed as the most physically unhealthy and the most justified in committing suicide. Subjects believed they were more likely to have a friend who was depressed or who had cancer than one who had AIDS or schizophrenia. There were no significant gender differences in the number of men and women ideators, and in how they perceived the victims in the scenarios. Ideators scored higher on the perception rating questionnaire and saw people as more justified in committing suicide than did non-ideators. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (39th, Atlanta, GA, March 24-27, 1993).