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What predicts medical lethality of suicide attempts in Asian youths?

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Choo, CC, Harris, K ORCID: 0000-0002-1199-2856, Chew, PKH and Ho, RC 2017 , 'What predicts medical lethality of suicide attempts in Asian youths?' , Asian Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 29 , pp. 136-141 , doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2017.05.008.

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Abstract

This study explores youth suicide attempts in Singapore using multiple databases of comprehensive archivalrecords. Three years of medical records related to suicide attempters (N = 666) who were admitted to theemergency 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 15and 24 years old (76.3% females; 23.7% males, mean age = 19.30, SD = 2.89). The model using recognized riskand protective factors was significant in predicting medical lethality, and correctly classified 62.8% of highlethality cases. Only resolution of precipitant made a unique statistical significant contribution. Analysis wasseparately conducted for males and females. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Choo, CC and Harris, K and Chew, PKH and Ho, RC
Keywords: Youth suicides; Medical lethality; Suicide risk; Protective factors
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
Publisher: Elsevier BV
ISSN: 1876-2018
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.ajp.2017.05.008
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© 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.

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