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Factors Associated with Suicide in Four Age Groups: A Population Based Study

O'Neill, SM, Ennis, Edel, Corry, Colette and Bunting, Brendan (2018) Factors Associated with Suicide in Four Age Groups: A Population Based Study. Archives of Suicide Research, 22 (1). pp. 128-138. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13811118.2017.1283265

DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2017.1283265.


Background; Life events and circumstances leading to death change throughout the life course. Aims; Four age groups within those who have died by suicide are compared in terms method of suicide, sex, occupation, mental disorders, prior suicide attempts and life events prior to death. Methods; Analyses were based on a database of deaths by suicide and undetermined intent based on data in the NI coronial files from 2005-2011 (N=1667). Results; Hanging is very prominent as a method of death within the under 20 age group. Women who die by suicide are more likely to have a known mental disorder than men, and the proportions increase with age group. Relationship difficulties are associated with many of these deaths and particularly for males aged under 40 years. Physical health and life events were more relevant than mental illness per se, in males aged over 61 yearsLimitations: For a sizeable proportion of the cases included in the current database there was no information on the life events prior to deathConclusions; Understanding the factors associated with suicide across age groups is essential to informing suicide prevention strategy and programmes and the development of more nuanced and effective interventions.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:suicide, age groups, Northern Ireland
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Psychotraumatology, Mental Health & Suicidal Behaviour
Psychology Research Institute > Population Health Sciences and Mental Health Services
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:39595
Deposited By: Professor Siobhan O'Neill
Deposited On:25 Apr 2018 11:36
Last Modified:25 Apr 2018 11:36

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