ATTITUDE OF PERSONS HAVING MADE AN UNSUCCESSFUL SUICIDE ATTEMPT TO THE REALISATION OF THIS ATTEMPT BY MEANS OF A ROAD ACCIDENT

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THE WORK IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND GREAT BRITAIN WHERE IT IS ESTIMATED IN INSURANCE STATISTICS THAT SUICIDE BY MEANS OF A CAR ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT 15 PERCENT OF ACCIDENTS. IN THE OPINION OF AUSTRIAN SPECIALISTS THIS PERCENTAGE IS UNBELIEVABLY HIGH, SINCE A SUICIDE (ATTEMPT) OF THIS NATURE CAN ONLY BE PROVEN IN A VERY SMALL NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS. IT IS PLANNED TO CARRY OUT AN ANALYSIS OF ACCIDENT FIGURES AND A STUDY OF THE ATTITUDE AND PERSONALITY OF PEOPLE UNDERGOING REGULAR PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT AFTER A SUICIDE ATTEMPT. AN ATTEMPT IS TO BE MADE TO CLARIFY THE MOTIVATIONS AND PREDISPOSITION OF THESE PEOPLE TOWARDS SUICIDE BY MEANS OF A CAR, AND TO COMPARE THEM WITH A "NORMAL" GROUP OF DRIVERS.