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Published online: 2006-11-02
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Suicidal behavior among patients hospitalized in adolescent psychiatry ward

Anita Sumiła, Ewa Sulska
Psychiatria 2006;3(3):128-132.

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Vol 3, No 3 (2006)
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Published online: 2006-11-02

Abstract

Introduction. Adolescence is a period of changes in biological, psychological and social aspects of life. This time is connected with reduced influence of the supportive systems such as family and increased influence of external systems: school, peer group. This causes enhanced vulnerability for stressful factors and increased suicidal risk. The aim of this study was analysis of sociodemografic and family factors associated with suicidal behavior in the group of psychiatric hospitalized adolescents.
Material and methods. Influence of sociodemografic and family factors on suicidal behavior were analysed in the group of 43 adolescents hospitalized in Adolescent Psychiatry Ward in Department of Developmental, Psychotic and Geriatric Psychiatry of Medical University of Gdańsk, in the years 2002-2004.
Results. The following phenomena were found: there was parental alcohol abuse in 28% of the families and violence/sexual abuse in 9% of the families. 42% patients used psychoactive substances (alcohol, drugs). The most frequent causes of suicidal behavior were: family conflicts (29%), school problems (29%), disappointment in love (19.4%) and feeling of not getting along with life (13%).
Conclusions. There is an association between suicidal behavior and family dysfunction as well as alcohol and drugs abuse in our data. Half of patients had previous self-injuries which may suggest personality problems in this group. The most frequent causes of suicide attempt were: family conflicts, school problems, disappointment in love and feeling of not getting along with life.

Abstract

Introduction. Adolescence is a period of changes in biological, psychological and social aspects of life. This time is connected with reduced influence of the supportive systems such as family and increased influence of external systems: school, peer group. This causes enhanced vulnerability for stressful factors and increased suicidal risk. The aim of this study was analysis of sociodemografic and family factors associated with suicidal behavior in the group of psychiatric hospitalized adolescents.
Material and methods. Influence of sociodemografic and family factors on suicidal behavior were analysed in the group of 43 adolescents hospitalized in Adolescent Psychiatry Ward in Department of Developmental, Psychotic and Geriatric Psychiatry of Medical University of Gdańsk, in the years 2002-2004.
Results. The following phenomena were found: there was parental alcohol abuse in 28% of the families and violence/sexual abuse in 9% of the families. 42% patients used psychoactive substances (alcohol, drugs). The most frequent causes of suicidal behavior were: family conflicts (29%), school problems (29%), disappointment in love (19.4%) and feeling of not getting along with life (13%).
Conclusions. There is an association between suicidal behavior and family dysfunction as well as alcohol and drugs abuse in our data. Half of patients had previous self-injuries which may suggest personality problems in this group. The most frequent causes of suicide attempt were: family conflicts, school problems, disappointment in love and feeling of not getting along with life.
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Keywords

suicidal behavior; adolescence; predictors

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Title

Suicidal behavior among patients hospitalized in adolescent psychiatry ward

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 3, No 3 (2006)

Article type

Research paper

Pages

128-132

Published online

2006-11-02

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2006;3(3):128-132.

Keywords

suicidal behavior
adolescence
predictors

Authors

Anita Sumiła
Ewa Sulska

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