There is little information on attempted suicide in the elderly, especially among Chinese populations.
Fifty-five elderly with suicidal attempts seen in a psychiatric unit in Hong Kong over a 2 1/2 year period were studied.
The risk of suicidal attempt remained high after age 75 and only declined after 85.
In contrast to western societies, self-injury was more common than self-poisoning.
About half of the patients suffered from a mood disorder but very few had dementia.
At follow-up 1 1/2-4 years after the suicidal attempt, the rate of repetition was 3.6% and the rate of completed suicide was 5.5%.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tentative suicide, Vieillard, Homme, Chinois, Hong Kong, Asie, Etude longitudinale, Facteur risque, Chronicité, Epidémiologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Suicide attempt, Elderly, Human, Chinese, Hong Kong, Asia, Follow up study, Risk factor, Chronicity, Epidemiology
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Cote : 97-0023209
Code Inist : 002B18E. Création : 21/05/1997.