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Med Sci Law. 1993 Apr;33(2):137-43.

Suicide among forensic psychiatric patients.

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Butler Clinic, Langdon Hospital, Dawlish, Devon.

Abstract

This paper examines the problem of suicide among patients discharged from a Regional Secure Unit. The stereotype that emerges is a young man with anti-social personality traits, suffering from an affective psychosis, with a history of substance abuse and impulsive violence directed both towards himself and others, who is alienated from care staff and social supports because of his provocative and uncooperative behaviour. In contrast with the general population, forensic patients are more likely to commit suicide using a violent method and are more likely to have a suicide verdict recorded by the coroner. The implications of these findings for treatment and preventive interventions are discussed.

PMID:
8492661
DOI:
10.1177/002580249303300209
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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