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Article: Suicide notes: What do they tell us

TitleSuicide notes: What do they tell us
Authors
Issue Date1998
PublisherBlackwell Munksgaard. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/ACP
Citation
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 1998, v. 98 n. 6, p. 467-473 How to Cite?
AbstractPolice investigation records of all suicide cases in 1992 (n=769) and the suicide notes that had been left (224 notes for 154 subjects) were examined. Note-leavers were characterized as young females, of non-widowed marital status, with no history of previous suicide attempts, no previous psychiatric illness, and with religious beliefs. Suicide notes written by young people were longer, rich in emotions, and often begging for forgiveness. Suicide notes written by the elderly were shorter, contained specific instructions, and were less emotional. A significant proportion of note-leavers did mention their difficulties. Suicide notes may serve some explanatory purpose and may have a therapeutic role in helping the surviving relatives to understand the suicide. A knowledge of the messages contained within suicide notes could be useful for suicide prevention programmes. The significance of suicide notes is best understood within the context of the occurrence of suicides.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/172019
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dc.date.accessioned2012-10-30T06:19:42Z-
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dc.date.issued1998en_US
dc.identifier.citationActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 1998, v. 98 n. 6, p. 467-473en_US
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dc.description.abstractPolice investigation records of all suicide cases in 1992 (n=769) and the suicide notes that had been left (224 notes for 154 subjects) were examined. Note-leavers were characterized as young females, of non-widowed marital status, with no history of previous suicide attempts, no previous psychiatric illness, and with religious beliefs. Suicide notes written by young people were longer, rich in emotions, and often begging for forgiveness. Suicide notes written by the elderly were shorter, contained specific instructions, and were less emotional. A significant proportion of note-leavers did mention their difficulties. Suicide notes may serve some explanatory purpose and may have a therapeutic role in helping the surviving relatives to understand the suicide. A knowledge of the messages contained within suicide notes could be useful for suicide prevention programmes. The significance of suicide notes is best understood within the context of the occurrence of suicides.en_US
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dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_US
dc.subject.meshAdulten_US
dc.subject.meshDepressive Disorder - Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_US
dc.subject.meshRetrospective Studiesen_US
dc.subject.meshSuicide - Psychology - Statistics & Numerical Dataen_US
dc.subject.meshTime Factorsen_US
dc.subject.meshWritingen_US
dc.titleSuicide notes: What do they tell usen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1600-0447.1998.tb10121.x-
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