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J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2000 Winter;12(1):64-70.

A neuropsychological comparison of depressed suicide attempters and nonattempters.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, New York 14642, USA. Deborah_King@urmc.rochester.king


The neuropsychological performance of 18 older inpatients with major depression who were admitted following a suicide attempt was compared with that of 29 older depressed inpatients who had never attempted suicide. There was an interactive effect of age and group on the Trail Making Test, part B, such that attempters showed greater performance declines with age. No other differences were detected between groups on a range of neuropsychological tasks. These findings are discussed in the context of the methodological limitations of previous studies and the need for future research to better elucidate the nature of the relationships between age, cognitive functioning, and suicidal behavior.

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