A comparative analysis of suicide and parasuicide

M. Arun, K. Yoganarasimha, Nilamadhab Kar, Vikram Palimar, Manoj Kumar Mohanty

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Abstract

A prospective study was conducted to analyse the spectrum of suicide attempters and completers at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal, India, over a period of three years (January 2001 to December 2004). The present study comprised a total sample population of 246 cases, of whom 90 died and 156 survived the attempt (1:1.73). Men outnumbered women in the deceased group and women surpassed men in the survivor group. The mean age for the deceased group was 42 years compared with 30 years for the survivor group. Prior attempted suicide in the deceased group was 6.6%. Eighty-three percent of the total population studied opted for 'chemical methods', where insecticides topped the list (64.6%) in both the deceased and the survivor group. Among those who preferred 'physical methods', 50% died and 50% survived. In the current study, 17% of the subjects had received a psychiatric consultation, of whom 91.3% were diagnosed in the spectrum of 'depressive disorders.' Knowledge about the legalities of suicide was lacking in 65% of victims and their kin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-340
Number of pages6
JournalMedicine, Science and the Law
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2007

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Self-Injurious Behavior
Suicide
suicide
Survivors
Attempted Suicide
Group
Depressive Disorder
Insecticides
Population
Psychiatry
India
Spectrum Analysis
Referral and Consultation
Age Groups
Prospective Studies
legality

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  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy
  • Law

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Arun, M. ; Yoganarasimha, K. ; Kar, Nilamadhab ; Palimar, Vikram ; Mohanty, Manoj Kumar. / A comparative analysis of suicide and parasuicide. In: Medicine, Science and the Law. 2007 ; Vol. 47, No. 4. pp. 335-340.
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Arun, M, Yoganarasimha, K, Kar, N, Palimar, V & Mohanty, MK 2007, 'A comparative analysis of suicide and parasuicide', Medicine, Science and the Law, vol. 47, no. 4, pp. 335-340. https://doi.org/10.1258/rsmmsl.47.4.335

A comparative analysis of suicide and parasuicide. / Arun, M.; Yoganarasimha, K.; Kar, Nilamadhab; Palimar, Vikram; Mohanty, Manoj Kumar.

In: Medicine, Science and the Law, Vol. 47, No. 4, 01.01.2007, p. 335-340.

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