One-year prevalence of death thoughts, suicide ideation and behaviours in an elderly population

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Title One-year prevalence of death thoughts, suicide ideation and behaviours in an elderly population
Author Scocco, P.; De Leo, Diego
Journal Name International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Year Published 2002
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Abstract Background Suicidality is constituted by all those phenomena that are apparently positioned along a continuum, with the two extremes represented by death wishes and completed suicide. Objectives The aim of this paper is to show the one-year prevalence of the phenomena constituting this possible continuum in the elderly population (aged 65 years and over) of a northern Italian city and to evaluate the relationship between some of these phenomena with psychological suffering. Method Emotional feelings and suicidal thoughts have been investigated by an epidemiological survey conducted in a central quarter of that city. Data on attempted and completed suicide derived from the data bank of the Padua's WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Suicide Prevention that monitors these phenomena since 1989. Results and Conclusions Results suggest the existence of some continuity in suicidal phenomena, where prevalence decreases from those of emotional/ideational nature to most extreme behaviour. Subjects presenting with more severe suicidal ideation were those also obtaining highest scores in a number of sub-scales of the Brief Symptom Inventory. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 17
Page from 842
Page to 846
ISSN 0885-6230
Date Accessioned 2003-04-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Faculty Australian Institute for Suicide Research & Prevention
Subject PRE2009-Public Health and Health Services
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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