The main factors of repetition: Review of some results of the Pecs center in the WHO/EURO multicentre study on suicidal behaviour

Peter Osváth, Gábor Kelemen, Márta B. Erdös, Viktor Vörös, Sándor Fekete

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Abstract

The authors obtained more information about the characteristics of suicide attempters in order to examine the most important differences between those who attempted suicide for the first time (first-evers) and those who had a previous attempt (repeaters). Within the framework of the WHO/EURO Multicentre Study on Suicidal Behaviour in Pecs Center, 1158 cases of parasuicide were collected over 4 years (July 1, 1997-June 30, 2001). In the monitoring sample, 728 (62.9%) parasuicide acts were committed by women and 430 (37.1%) by men, and more man half of the attempters had made a previous attempt in the logistic regression model a higher risk of repetition was found to be related to being divorced (OR 1.84), unemployed or economically inactive (OR 1.45), and without higher education (OR 2.54). In the sample, mental disorders were the most significant risk factor for repeated attempts. The odds ratio was highest (OR 5) for personality disorders. The results may reflect (besides some factors of social destabilization) a higher importance of major mental health problems among repeaters. For this reason, more effective recognition and treatment of the underlying psychiatric and social conditions of suicide attempters has special importance to prevent future suicidal behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalCrisis
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2003

Keywords

  • Attempted suicide
  • Epidemiology
  • Logistic regression analysis
  • Multicenter study
  • Repetition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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