International Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry

Publication date: 2017-06
Volume: 32 Pages: 685 - 691
ISSN: 0885-6230, 1099-1166 PMID: 27237707
DOI: 10.1002/gps.4511
Publisher: Wiley


Bonnewyn, Anke
Shah, Ajit ; Bruffaerts, Ronny ; Demyttenaere, Koen


Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Geriatrics & Gerontology, Gerontology, Psychiatry, older, internal struggle, wish to die, discriminant analysis, wish to live, MULTIDIMENSIONAL SCALE, LIFE SATISFACTION, SUICIDE IDEATION, DEPRESSION, COMMUNITY, RELIABILITY, PREVALENCE, ATTEMPTERS, STRUGGLE, DEATH, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Attitude to Death, Depressive Disorder, Female, Health Status, Healthy Aging, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders, Middle Aged, Social Support, Suicidal Ideation, Geriatrics, 1103 Clinical Sciences, 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Sciences


The "Internal Struggle Hypothesis" (Kovacs and Beck, ) suggests that suicidal persons may have both a wish to live (WTL) and a wish to die (WTD). The current study investigates whether the three-group typology - "WTL", "ambivalent (AMB)", and "WTD" - is determined by common correlates of suicidality and whether these groups can be ordinally ranked.