Is attempted suicide different in adolescent and adults?
Publication: Psychiatry Research
Topics: Age Group Suicide
Keywords: Adolescent Adult Over-the-counter medication Psychiatric care Suicide Attempt
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173 adults and 104 adolescents admitted to an inpatient unit for a suicide attempt were included in a national register with data on methods, circumstances, psychiatric diagnoses, and intentionality. Most attempts among both adults and adolescents were made with medications, a low-lethality method. Only 6 of the 261 patients used hanging or submersion and 1 used a firearm. After taking into considerations gender and diagnosis, adolescents were more likely than adults to use over-the-counter medications. Adults were significantly more certain of a possible fatal outcome of their attempt and scored higher on the suicide intent scale.
Parellada, M., Saiz, P., Moreno, D., Vidal, J., Llorente, C., Alvarez, M., et al. (2008). Is attempted suicide different in adolescent and adults? Psychiatry Research, 157(1-3), 131-137.
Parellada, M., et al. "Is Attempted Suicide Different in Adolescent and Adults?" Psychiatry Research 157.1-3 (2008): 131-37.