Campus tragedy: A study of student suicide

Richard H. Seiden
1966 Journal of Abnormal Psychology  
Prior studies of college suicides have neglected the need for an adequate comparison or control group. To remedy this situation, student suicides were compared to their nonsuicidal classmates on selected demographic variables. Suiciding students could be significantly differentiated from their fellow students on the basis of age, class standing, major subject, nationality, emotional condition, and academic achievement. The suicidal students presented similar prodromal patterns which were
more » ... tated by scholastic anxieties, concern over physical health, and difficult interpersonal relationships. Contrary to general belief, the greatest suicidal activity occurred during the beginning, not the final, weeks of the semester. On the basis of changes transpiring in the college population, a future increase of student suicide was predicted.
doi:10.1037/h0023970 fatcat:bv4qgt3hzbhxxgimsclgbidob4