What predicts medical lethality of suicide attempts in Asian youths?

Carol C. Choo, Keith M. Harris, Peter K.H. Chew, Roger C. Ho
2017 Asian Journal of Psychiatry  
A B S T R A C T 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 =
more » ... les, 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.
doi:10.1016/j.ajp.2017.05.008 pmid:29061412 fatcat:7se3rvwdkndhfexm4nsxucowgq