In this study, the author examined the content of impulsive suicidal fantasies among U.S. undergraduates. Of 546 participants, 45.6% reported incidents in which they fantasized about killing themselves. Most fantasies (95%) included explicit references to suicide methods, and most of those fantasies (98%) involved human-made tools or materials (e.g., drugs, cutlery, firearms). The methods reported in most suicidal fantasies seem to have been suggested by the mass media. The findings suggest that suicidal thoughts do not occur without explicit and detailed information about suicide methods involving material culture.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2005|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)