Suicide risk analysis

Choo, Carol, Harris, Keith, Diederich, Joachim, Song, Insu, and Ho, Roger (2012) Suicide risk analysis. In: Proceedings of the 5th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Barriers, Boundaries and Beyond. From: 5th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, 29 November-2 December, Chennai, India.

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A history of suicide attempts is an important risk factor for eventual suicide, and is an important piece of data to obtain in suicide risk assessment. Compared with single-episode attempters, repeat attempters showed more symptom chronicity, worse coping histories, more frequent histories of substance abuse, higher suicide lethality and depression scores, greater likelihood of inpatient admission, and worse prognosis. In the current study, data mining techniques were used to reveal clinically useful and heuristically relevant clusters in single and multiple-episode attempters. Medical records of 666 suicide attempters who were admitted to a teaching hospital in Singapore in January 2004 - December 2006 were studied. In this sample, 69.2% were female, 30.8% were male; 63.8% were Chinese, 15.8% were Indian, 15.0 % were Malay and 5.4% were Eurasian. Two-step cluster analysis uncovered underlying patterns of risk factors that characterized patients who had multiple suicide attempts and those with single suicide attempts. Cluster analysis also revealed underlying patterns of precipitants. The results can assist clinicians in the identification of patients with future suicidal risks, and for the planning of appropriate suicide interventions for identified risk clusters.

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Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2016 22:14
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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