Recommended care for young people (15-19 years) after suicide attempts in certain European countries

A.J.F.M. Kerkhof, A. Hulten, D. Wasserman, K. Hawton

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Abstract Data on recommended
care for young people aged 15±19
years after attempted suicide from
nine European research centres dur-
ing the period 1989±1992 were ana-
lysed in terms of gender, history of
previous suicide attempt and meth-
ods used. Altogether 438 suicide
attempts made by 353 boys and
1,102 suicide attempts made by 941
girls were included. Analyses of the
total data from all centres showed
that young people with a history of
previous suicide attempt and those
using violent methods had signi®-
cantly higher chance of being rec-
ommended aftercare than ®rst-time
attempters or those choosing self-
poisoning. There were no signi®cant
di€erences of being recommended
care between genders. Logistic re-
gression analyses of the material
were performed and the results were
similar. Both having previous at-
tempted suicide (odds ratio 2.0, 95%
CI 1.53±2.61) and using ``hard''
methods (odds ratio 1.71, 95% CI
1.49±1.96) were signi®cantly associ-
ated with increased possibility of
being recommended aftercare. When
individual centres were analysed,
large disparities of recommended
care after suicide attempts were
found and there were no uniform
criteria of recommending care for
young suicide attempters in Europe.
Key words Young people ±
attempted suicide ± method ±
recommended care
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-108
JournalEuropean Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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