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Indian J Psychiatry. 2008 Jan;50(1):34-8. doi: 10.4103/0019-5545.39757.

Psychological autopsy of 101 suicide cases from northwest region of India.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The present study was conducted by the Department Of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, to investigate suicide cases during the year 2003.

AIM:

To assess the socio-demographic characteristics, psychosocial factors, and psychiatric and physical comorbidity associated with completed suicide.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

One hundred one suicide cases were assessed using semi-structured proforma for recording socio-demographic profile, psychosocial variables, and treatment details.

RESULTS:

Majority (59.4%) of suicide victims were in the age group of 20 to 29 years. Males (57.4%) slightly outnumbered females (42.57%) in this study. As many as 57.4% of the subjects had migrated from other parts of India. Hanging was the most common method used by the suicide victims (72.2%). Psycho-social stressors were found in 61 (60.3%) suicide victims. Psychiatric illness was found in 34 cases (33.6%). However, out of them only 16 (48.5%) suicide victims sought treatment prior to the attempt. As many as 57.4% of the subjects had shown behavioral change before the suicidal attempt.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our study suggests that specific focus in suicide prevention strategies should be on migrant population.

KEYWORDS:

Psychiatric illness; suicide; treatment

PMID:
19771305
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PMCID:
PMC2745868
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