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What predicts medical lethality of suicide attempts in Asian youths?


Choo, CC and Harris, K and Chew, PKH and Ho, RC, What predicts medical lethality of suicide attempts in Asian youths?, Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 29 pp. 136-141. ISSN 1876-2018 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ajp.2017.05.008


This study explores youth suicide attempts in Singapore using multiple databases of comprehensive archival records. Three years of medical records related to suicide attempters (N = 666) who were admitted to the emergency department of a large teaching hospital in Singapore were subjected to retrospective analysis. Compared to other age groups, a peak in suicide attempts (n = 207) was observed in youths aged between 15 and 24 years old (76.3% females; 23.7% males, mean age = 19.30, SD = 2.89). The model using recognized risk and protective factors was significant in predicting medical lethality, and correctly classified 62.8% of high lethality cases. Only resolution of precipitant made a unique statistical significant contribution. Analysis was separately conducted for males and females. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Youth suicides; Medical lethality; Suicide risk; Protective factors
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Harris, K (Dr Keith Harris)
ID Code:120455
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-08-24
Last Modified:2018-09-11
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