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Completed suicide at age 50 and over
Author(s)Yeates Conwell, Melanie Rotenberg, Eric D Caine
Journal titleJournal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol 38, no 6, June 1990
Pagespp 640-644
KeywordsSuicide ; United States of America.
AnnotationThe authors present data abstracted from medical examiners' investigative reports of 246 reported American suicides of over 50s classified into four age groups. The sample population conformed to epidemiological studies with regard to sex distribution. With increasing age, more suicide victims were widowed, and significantly fewer were single, separated or divorced. Violent methods of suicide were more prevalent, and alcohol use and psychiatric histories less common with ageing. Physical illness and loss became the most common definable precipitants of suicide, whereas job, financial and family relationship problems became less frequent with increasing age. (RH).
Accession NumberCPA-901202009 A
ClassmarkEV: 7T

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