Death ideation and its correlates: Survey of an over-65-year-old population.

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Title Death ideation and its correlates: Survey of an over-65-year-old population.
Author Scocco, Paolo; Meneghel, Gaia; Caon, Fredrico; Buono, Marirosa Dello; De Leo, Diego
Journal Name Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Editor Eugene B Brody
Year Published 2001
Place of publication USA
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Abstract The presence of dissatisfaction with life or thoughts of death or suicide has been variously surveyed in adolescent samples and in the general population, but there is a paucity of research on the elderly. The aim of this study was to assess, in an elderly community-dwelling population: a) the prevalence of death and/or suicidal feelings and thoughts and any attempted suicides; and b) factors associated with these experiences. A total of 611 over-65-year-old subjects were interviewed at home. Seventeen percent of the total (F:M = almost 2:1) responded affirmatively to at least one of the questions on suicidality. Elderly people reporting suicidal feelings presented markedly higher levels of physical and psychological distress, such as depression, anxiety, and hostility. Results indirectly confirm that depressive symptomatology is not adequately treated. Greater attention is warranted in psychological evaluation of the elderly to take into account those risk factors that, if identified and managed, could reduce the frequency of suicidal thoughts and, probably, associated actions.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 189
Issue Number 4
Page from 210
Page to 218
ISSN 0022-3018
Date Accessioned 2002-06-21
Language en_AU
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Subject PRE2009-Public Health and Health Services
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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