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Mental disorders and communication of intent to die in indigenous suicide cases, Queensland, Australia

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posted on 2012-04-01, 00:00 authored by D De Leo, Allison Milner, J Sveticic
In comparing Indigenous to non-Indigenous suicide in Australia, this study focussed on the frequency of the association between some psychiatric conditions, such as depression and alcohol abuse, and some aspect of suicidality, in particular communication of suicide intent. Logistic regression was implemented to analyze cases of Indigenous (n = 471) versus non-Indigenous suicides (n = 6,655), using the Queensland Suicide Register as a data source. Compared to non-Indigenous suicides, Indigenous cases had lower odds of being diagnosed with unipolar depression, seeking treatment for psychiatric conditions or leaving a suicide note. Indigenous suicides had greater odds of verbally communicating suicide intent and having a history of alcohol and substance use. The magnitude of these differences is remarkable, underscoring the need for culturally sensitive suicide prevention efforts.

History

Journal

Suicide and life-threatening behavior

Volume

42

Issue

2

Pagination

136 - 146

Publisher

Wiley

Location

Hoboken, N.J.

ISSN

0363-0234

eISSN

1943-278X

Indigenous content

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Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2012, American Association of Suicidology