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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2004 Apr;109(4):306-12.

A multivariate study of predictors of repeat parasuicide.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify variables which differentiate future repeaters of parasuicide from non-repeaters in a multivariate analysis.

METHOD:

Interviews were conducted with 507 parasuicide cases; data were collected on precipitating factors for the index parasuicide, psychiatric and medical history, stressful life events, prior history of parasuicide, hopelessness, anger, self-esteem and social adjustment. Individuals were followed for 1-2 years to determine if a repeat parasuicide occurred.

RESULTS:

A logistic regression model identified four significant predictors of repeat parasuicide: prior history of parasuicide, a history of depression, a history of schizophrenia and poor physical health. A risk factor scale constructed from these four variables showed that the risk of repeat parasuicide increases as the number of risk factors increases.

CONCLUSION:

This study identifies four key predictors of repeat parasuicide, and provides evidence that the risk of repeat parasuicide increases when multiple risk factors are present.

PMID:
15008805
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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