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Article: Attempted suicide in elderly Chinese persons: A multi-group, controlled study

TitleAttempted suicide in elderly Chinese persons: A multi-group, controlled study
Authors
Issue Date2005
PublisherLippincott Williams & Wilkins. The Journal's web site is located at http://ajgp.psychiatryonline.org/
Citation
American Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2005, v. 13 n. 7, p. 562-571 How to Cite?
Abstract
Objective: Attempted suicide in later life is under-researched despite its public health significance. In this study, the authors delineated the characteristics of elderly suicide attempters in a representative Chinese sample by comparing them with suicide completers and comparison subjects age 65 years or over who were randomly selected from the community. Methods: There were 224 subjects in this study: 66 suicide attempters, 67 suicide completers, and 91 comparison subjects from the community. Using a case-control design and standardized measuring instruments, authors examined the risk and protective factors associated with attempted suicide, making direct comparisons with the community-comparison subjects and suicide completers. Results: A current diagnosis of major depression was associated with a nearly 60-fold increased risk for attempted suicide, and a population attributable risk (PAR) of 67%. Other risk factors included past suicide attempts, poorer function of self-care, arthritis, and specific personality dispositions, particularly low Conscientiousness. Co-residence with children decreased risk. Although the profiles of suicide attempters and completers were similar, they could be distinguished by suicide intent, recent life events (particularly hospitalization), functional competence, religious denomination, and personality characteristics. Conclusions: A high degree of clinical vigilance and multidisciplinary collaboration are required in the management of elderly suicide attempters. The treatment of depression should form a crucial part of the prevention program. Features that distinguish suicide completers from suicide attempters may also carry implications for the secondary prevention of suicide in elderly persons. © 2005 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87815
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. University of Rochester Medical Center
  3. Chinese University of Hong Kong
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dc.contributor.authorTsoh, Jen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChiu, HFKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorDuberstein, PRen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, SSMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChi, Ien_HK
dc.contributor.authorYip, PSFen_HK
dc.contributor.authorConwell, Yen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T09:34:47Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T09:34:47Z-
dc.date.issued2005en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAmerican Journal Of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2005, v. 13 n. 7, p. 562-571en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1064-7481en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/87815-
dc.description.abstractObjective: Attempted suicide in later life is under-researched despite its public health significance. In this study, the authors delineated the characteristics of elderly suicide attempters in a representative Chinese sample by comparing them with suicide completers and comparison subjects age 65 years or over who were randomly selected from the community. Methods: There were 224 subjects in this study: 66 suicide attempters, 67 suicide completers, and 91 comparison subjects from the community. Using a case-control design and standardized measuring instruments, authors examined the risk and protective factors associated with attempted suicide, making direct comparisons with the community-comparison subjects and suicide completers. Results: A current diagnosis of major depression was associated with a nearly 60-fold increased risk for attempted suicide, and a population attributable risk (PAR) of 67%. Other risk factors included past suicide attempts, poorer function of self-care, arthritis, and specific personality dispositions, particularly low Conscientiousness. Co-residence with children decreased risk. Although the profiles of suicide attempters and completers were similar, they could be distinguished by suicide intent, recent life events (particularly hospitalization), functional competence, religious denomination, and personality characteristics. Conclusions: A high degree of clinical vigilance and multidisciplinary collaboration are required in the management of elderly suicide attempters. The treatment of depression should form a crucial part of the prevention program. Features that distinguish suicide completers from suicide attempters may also carry implications for the secondary prevention of suicide in elderly persons. © 2005 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherLippincott Williams & Wilkins. The Journal's web site is located at http://ajgp.psychiatryonline.org/en_HK
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dc.rightsAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Copyright © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.en_HK
dc.titleAttempted suicide in elderly Chinese persons: A multi-group, controlled studyen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailYip, PSF: sfpyip@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1176/appi.ajgp.13.7.562en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid16009732-
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dc.identifier.volume13en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Statesen_HK
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