Prediction of lethality in suicide attempts: gender matters

Choo, Carol C., Harris, Keith M., and Ho, Roger C. (2019) Prediction of lethality in suicide attempts: gender matters. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 80 (1). pp. 87-103.

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This study explores gender differences in lethality of suicide attempts. Three years of medical records related to suicide attempters (N = 666) were subjected to analysis. Of the sample, 69.2% were female, 30.8% male; 63.8% Chinese, 15.8% Indian, and 15.0 % Malay. Ages ranged from 10 to 85 years old (M = 29.7, SD = 16.1). More males than females made attempts with high perceived lethality (χ 2 =12.10, p<.0001) and high medical lethality (χ 2 =10.59, p<.0001). Available variables were subjected to regression analyses. The regression models predicted more than 60% of high medical lethality suicide attempts and more than 80% of high perceived lethality attempts. Suicide intent and opportunity for rescue were significant predictors for both measures of lethality. Gender differences were examined. Findings were discussed in regards to implications in suicide assessments and interventions.

Item ID: 49483
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1541-3764
Keywords: lethality, gender, suicide attempts, rescue, suicide intent
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2017. Under SAGE's Green Open Access policy, the Accepted Version of the article may be posted in the author's institutional repository and reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2017 05:40
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520302 Clinical psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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