Demographic data, personal and familial characteristics, as well as DSM-III-R-based psychiatric diagnoses were collected in 369 adolescents and young adults aged between 15 and 29 years, referred to an Emergency Department for psychological problems.
In total, 60% of them were suicide attempters.
Separations before the age of 12 years and depression in the family emerged as the main features distinguishing the suicidal group from the psychiatric control group.
Fifty per cent of suicide attempters were repeaters.
Fostering during childhood, suicide attempts and depression in the family were found to be risk factors for repeated self-attempts.
These results support the view that significant levels of dysfunction, together with increased psychiatric morbidity, especially suicidal behaviour, characterize the families of young self-attempters.
Mots-clés Pascal : Tentative suicide, Facteur risque, Démographie, Histoire familiale, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Santé mentale, France, Europe, Adolescent, Homme, Adulte jeune
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Suicide attempt, Risk factor, Demography, Family story, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Mental health, France, Europe, Adolescent, Human, Young adult
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0059632
Code Inist : 002B18C11. Création : 31/05/1999.