Psychological Medicine

Research Article

Age and parasuicide (‘attempted suicide’)

Norman Kreitmana1 c1

a1 MRC Unit for Epidemiological Studies in Psychiatry, University Department of Psychiatry, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh

Abstract

A one-year cohort of parasuicide patients (n = 822) was divided into three age groups, subdivided by sex where indicated. Systematic comparisons of the groups were made, and significant discrepancies validated using a second cohort of patients. A number of social, demographic and clinical differences were found, as well as some unexpected similarities. The rates for subsequent (completed) suicide were conspicuously different in the six age-sex subgroups.

Correspondence:

c1 Address for correspondence: Dr Norman Kreitman, Director, Medical Research Council Unit for Epidemiological Studies in Psychiatry, University Department of Psychiatry, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside Park, Edinburgh EH10 5HF.

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