What predicts medical lethality of suicide attempts in Asian youths?

Choo, Carol C., Harris, Keith M., Chew, Peter K.H., and Ho, Roger C. (2017) What predicts medical lethality of suicide attempts in Asian youths? Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 29. pp. 136-141.

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Abstract

This study explores youth suicide attempts in Singapore using multiple databases of comprehensive archival records. Three years of medical records related to suicide attempters (N= 666) who were admitted to the emergency department of a large teaching hospital in Singapore were subjected to retrospective analysis. Compared to other age groups, a peak in suicide attempts (n= 207) was observed in youths aged between 15 to 24 years old (76.3% females; 23.7% males, mean age =19.30, SD= 2.89). The model using recognized risk and protective factors was significant in predicting medical lethality, and correctly classified 62.8% of high lethality cases. Only resolution of precipitant mad e a unique statistical significant contribution. Analysis was separately conducted for males and females. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Item ID: 48977
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1876-2026
Keywords: youth suicides, medical lethality, suicide risk, protective factors
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This is an open access article under th CC BY-NC_ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/).

Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: JCU Research Grant CRT/2016/30
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2017 01:10
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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