Attempted and completed suicide in older subjects: results from the WHO/EURO Multicentre study of suicidal behaviour

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Title Attempted and completed suicide in older subjects: results from the WHO/EURO Multicentre study of suicidal behaviour
Author De Leo, Diego; Padoani, Walter; Scocco, Paolo; Lie, David; Bille-Brahe, Unni; Arensman, Ella; Hjelmelad, Heidi; Crepet, Paolo; Haring, Christian; Hawton, Keith; Lonnqvist, Jouko; Michel, Konrad; Pommeriau, Xavier; Querejeta, Imanol; Phillipe, Jean; Salander-Renberg, Ellinor; Schmidtke, Armin; Fricke, Susanne; Weinacker, Bettina; Tamesvary, Beata; Wasserman, Danuta; Faria, Sampaio
Journal Name International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Editor Alistair Burns
Year Published 2001
Place of publication UK
Publisher Wiley Europe
Abstract Objective The authors present an analysis of findings for the 65 years and over age group from the WHO/EURO Multicentre Study of Suicidal Behaviour (1989–93). Methods Multinational data on non-fatal suicidal behaviour is derived from 1518 subjects in 16 European centres. Local district data on suicide were available from 10 of the collaborating centres. Results Stockholm (Sweden), Pontoise (France) and Oxford (UK) had the highest suicide attempts rates. In most centres, the majority of elderly who attempted suicide were widow(er)s, often living alone, who used predominantly voluntary drug ingestion. Non-fatal suicidal behaviour decreased with increasing age, whereas suicide rates rose. The ratio between fatal and non-fatal behaviours was 1:2, that for males/females almost 1:1. In the years considered, substantial stability in suicide and attempted suicide rates was observed. As their age increased, suicidal subjects displayed only a limited tendency to repeat self-destructive acts. Moreover, there was little correlation between attempted suicide and suicide rates, which carries different clinical implications for non-fatal suicidal behaviour in the elderly compared with younger subjects in the same WHO/EURO study.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/gps.337
Volume 16
Issue Number 3
Page from 300
Page to 310
ISSN 0885-6230
Date Accessioned 2002-06-21
Language en_AU
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Public Health and Health Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/3518
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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