|Friedman, I. (1966). Suicide and Scandinavia: A Psychoanalytic Study of Culture and Character. By Herbert Hendin M.D. Grune and Stratton, Inc., New York, 1964 147 pp.. Am. J. Psychoanal., 26:214-214.|
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(1966). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 26(2):214-214
Suicide and Scandinavia: A Psychoanalytic Study of Culture and Character. By Herbert Hendin M.D. Grune and Stratton, Inc., New York, 1964 147 pp.
Dr. Hendin's previous monograph, “ and Social Research,” is a lucid exposition of how he used the psychoanalytic method to elicit a wealth of accurate social and cultural information needed to research a certain premise. In the present work, again using this method, he has delved into the problem of in the Scandinavian countries. It is a well known fact that the rates for and are high, in contrast to the strikingly low incidence in . Hendin, interested in explaining this phenomenon by as scientific a method as possible, spent considerable time in all three countries absorbing, as much as he could, the facets of the national characters, cultures, attitudes, and ways of of Scandinavians.
Implicit in Hendin's work is the premise that people who attempt are reflecting cultural pressures that the entire . Furthermore, he has shown quite well in this study of approximately 200 people, that if an observer is analytically trained, and takes for his frame of reference as well as the individual, he can draw valid conclusions about a of people without having to set up a design of thousands of cases.
The suicidal patients in each country differed significantly in the ways they handled within the family, and in their attitudes toward work, success, feelings, curbing of , and .
Of extreme importance as social determinants in suicidal Swedish persons
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