SUICIDE AND SELF-DESTRUCTION IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS: A PSYCHOANALYTIC STUDY

A study was conducted of whether suicide, suicide-like factors and psychological self-destructive features were present to an increased degree in automobile drivers who had involved their automobiles in accidents. The project necessitated the development of a series of hypotheses concerning suicide and self-destruction in serious auto accidents. A data sheet in three sections was developed: 1) series of 205 questions each related to one or more hypotheses, 2) psychodynamic summary of pertinent events in the patients' lives, 3) discussion of the defenses and resistances utilized by subjects during their interviews. Subjects, aged 18-48, were patients in a hospital. They were divided into three groups: serious accident, suicide, postappendectomy. Each subject was assigned to a psychoanalyst interview for an average of three hours. The conclusions were that heavy drinking is correlated with auto accidents. A higher percentage of accidents is correlated to something besides increasing tension. Higher drinking rate in accident victims may produce an impaired driving response to indicate a psychological stress factor. The indication is that suicidal and self-destructive factors tested for do not play a significant role in the general accident picture. Many victims are self-destructive at the time of their accident, but evidence of it cannot be found later. /SRIS/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Grune and Stratton Corporation

    111 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10017
  • Authors:
    • Tabachnick, N
    • Wold, C I
  • Publication Date: 1972

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  • Accession Number: 00084958
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council
  • Contract Numbers: MH-15510
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1975 12:00AM