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Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr. 1985 Jul;53(7):259-70.

[Predictors of further suicidal behavior in hospitalized patients following a suicide attempt. Literature review].

[Article in German]


In a review of 70 follow-up studies of patients hospitalised after attempted suicide, those follow-up studies were listed which tried to find predictors of further suicidal behaviour by statistical methods. The following predictors for patients with attempted suicide hospitalised in different institutions were found: "Previous attempted suicide" (risk of repetition of attempted suicide as well as of suicide), "previous psychiatric treatment" (risk of repeated attempted suicide), addiction (suicide or repetition of attempted suicide), personality disorder (repetition of attempted suicide), old age and male sex (suicide). There is only small evidence for the predictive power of other variables. Possibilities of improving the prognosis of suicide attempts are discussed.

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