Suicide attempted by self-immolation

Am J Psychiatry. 1975 May;132(5):554-6. doi: 10.1176/ajp.132.5.554.


The authors found that 14 individuals who had attempted suicide by self-immolation all had psychiatric illness (most were psychotic), and many had religious preoccupations. There was a reversal of the usual male to female ratios for burn injury and for successful suicide--all 5 completed suicides were women. Although self-immolation as social protest was widely publicized during the years surveyed, the authors note that these individuals all attempted suicide for personal and irrational rather than morally idealistic reasons.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Burns*
  • Depression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Mental Disorders*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurocognitive Disorders
  • Psychoses, Alcoholic
  • Schizophrenia, Paranoid
  • Sex Factors
  • Suicide*