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Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2009 Jun;39(3):343-50. doi: 10.1521/suli.2009.39.3.343.

Risk factors for attempting suicide in prisoners.

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Department of Health Sciences, University of Molise, Italy. marco.sarchiapone@gmail.com

Abstract

We wished to examine determinants of suicidal behavior in prisoners. 903 male prisoners had a psychiatric interview which included various psychometric tests. Suicide attempters were compared with prisoners who had never attempted suicide. Significantly more of the attempters had a history of psychiatric disorder, substance abuse, a family history of suicidal behavior, convictions for violent crime, had exhibited aggressive behavior in jail, and had higher BGLHA aggression scores. A similar pattern of risk factors was found for prisoners with suicidal ideation. A lifetime history of attempting suicide, or of having suicidal ideation, is frequent in prisoners. Risk factors include family, developmental, aggression, personality, psychiatric, and substance abuse factors.

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19606925
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10.1521/suli.2009.39.3.343
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