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Predicament suicide: concept and evidence


Pridmore, S, Predicament suicide: concept and evidence, Australasian Psychiatry, 17, (2) pp. 112-116. ISSN 1039-8562 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/10398560802614158


Objective: The aim of this paper is to introduce the term 'predicament suicide' and add to the evidence that suicide may occur in the absence of Axis I diagnoses. Method: The term 'predicament suicide' was described as suicide which occurs when the individual without mental disorder is in unacceptable circumstances from which they cannot find an acceptable alternative means of escape. Accounts of suicide that satisfied these criteria, and could be illustrated by images, were sought. Results: Four accounts were identified: Ajax, Brutus, Mayor Freyberg and Commander Donnicke. Conclusions: Predicament suicide appears to be a useful designation. This work added evidence indicating that suicide may occur in the absence of an Axis I mental disorder.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:57991
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:32
Deposited By:Psychiatry
Deposited On:2009-08-31
Last Modified:2010-05-28

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