Attempted suicide in late life - Review of results of Pecs centre in WHO/EURO multicenter study of suicidal behaviour

Peter Osvath, Sandor Fekete, Viktor Vörös

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Abstract

Objective: The authors examined the characteristics of old age suicide attempters (65 years and over) with special regard to organic and depressive disorders as well as sociodemographic factors. Subjects and methods: Within the framework of the WHO/EURO Multicentre Study of Suicidal Behaviour data of 1158 suicide attempts were collected and comparing old age group (N=78) to younger suicide attempters (N=1080). Results: In the sample the old age attempters were characterised by a much higher rate of female attempters, hard methods (especially among old male), lower rate of repeaters, and higher proportion of depressive and organic disorders. Conclusion: Authors pointed out, that the recognition and treatment of depression plays a very important role in suicide prevention in the elderly population, and adequate emotional and psychosocial support by family and health care systems seems to be essential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-8
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatria Danubina
Volume14
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2002

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Elderly population
  • Multicentre study
  • Suicidal behaviour
  • Suicide prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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