Suicide and self‐inflicted injuries

Anat Dycian, Gideon Fishman, Avi Bleich

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The present study addressed itself to the problem of self‐inflicted injuries (SII) in the Israeli army, and to the wider question whether non‐fatal self injuries and suicide are part of the same phenomenon. The findings show that in some cases SII is an unsucessful suicide while in others SII is anything but a reflection of a death wish. It appears that the modus operandi is a major indication as to the intentions of the actor. The study also demonstrates the difference between the population of the suiciders and that of the SII victims. While suiciders seem to score higher on the Performance Prediction Score (PPS) and Combat Suitability Scale, the SII population seems to be overly represented in the lower parts of the PPS and the Combat Suitability Scale. The study used a data set that represents a 5 year period, and followed the consequences of the SII in terms of medical status and occupational assignment of the actors. The findings yielded some possible policy implications, in terms of a better classification of the relevant populations, and a possible attribution of a more refined meaning to the behavior. © 1994 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-16
Number of pages8
JournalAggressive Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994


  • Israel
  • army personnel
  • rating scales
  • self‐inflicted injuries
  • suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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