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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 268-272

Psychological attributes and socio-demographic profile of hundred completed suicide victims in the state of Goa, India

Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour, Bambolim, Goa, India

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Ashish Srivastava
Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour, Bambolim,Plot No. 34, Sagar Society, Dona Paula, Goa
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.117147

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Aims: To describe socio-demographic characteristics, psycho-social factors, psychiatric co-morbidity in hundred completed suicide victims. Materials and Methods: A detailed interview was carried out with family members of suicide victims using psychological autopsy questionnaire. Results: Males committed suicide significantly more often than females. The most common age group was 30-44 years, followed by 15-29 years. Most of them were married (68%) and majority (78%) had education less than 10 th standard. Psychiatric morbidity was found in 94%, depression being the most common diagnosis (54%), followed by alcohol use disorders (42%). 40% of the victims had contact with mental health services and 50% with general health services in the 3 months preceding suicide. Conclusions: The rate of suicide is high in middle age and a very significant proportion of these suffer from diagnosable psychiatric disorders. Many of the suicide completers visit health services in the preceding few months of the event. In prevention of suicides, health professionals, both mental and general, can play a major role.



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