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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-38

Psychological autopsy of 101 suicide cases from northwest region of India

Department of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India

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Gurvinder Pal Singh
H. No. 1202, Sector 32-B, Chandigarh
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.39757

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Background: The present study was conducted by the Department Of Psychiatry, Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, to investigate suicide cases during the year 2003. Aim: To assess the socio-demographic characteristics, psychosocial factors, and psychiatric and physical comorbidity associated with completed suicide. Materials and Methods: One hundred one suicide cases were assessed using semi-structured proforma for recording socio-demographic profile, psychosocial variables, and treatment details. Results: Majority (59.4%) of suicide victims were in the age group of 20 to 29 years. Males (57.4%) slightly outnumbered females (42.57%) in this study. As many as 57.4% of the subjects had migrated from other parts of India. Hanging was the most common method used by the suicide victims (72.2%). Psycho-social stressors were found in 61 (60.3%) suicide victims. Psychiatric illness was found in 34 cases (33.6%). However, out of them only 16 (48.5%) suicide victims sought treatment prior to the attempt. As many as 57.4% of the subjects had shown behavioral change before the suicidal attempt. Conclusions: Our study suggests that specific focus in suicide prevention strategies should be on migrant population.



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