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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2001 Jul;104(1):31-6.

Predictive factors of post-discharge follow-up care among adolescent suicide attempters.

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Department of Paedopsychiatry, Hôpital Intercommunal, Créteil, France.



To study short-term compliance with follow-up care in a sample of adolescent suicide attempters.


One hundred and sixty-seven adolescents, aged from 13-18 years and hospitalized after a suicide attempt, completed a questionnaire that included the CES-Depression Scale and Zung Anxiety Scale. Physicians assessed the hospital care immediately after the attempt, and post-discharge care plans. Three months later, adolescents were contacted by telephone and asked about follow-up care.


After 3 months, 91.6% of the adolescents could be contacted: 25.5% never attended any follow-up; 11.1% went only once; 31.4% missed some appointments; and 32.0% went to all their scheduled appointments. Adolescents who complied with follow-up care differed significantly from those who did not: they showed more depression, anxiety and illicit drug use at the time of the attempt; they had more often planned the attempt; they were hospitalized longer; and they met with a psychiatrist more often while hospitalized. Compliance was also better when the follow-up appointment was scheduled before discharge.


Compliance with post-discharge follow-up care depends upon the adolescent's psychopathology but may also be improved by the type of hospital care and post-discharge plans.

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