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ERIC Number: EJ966566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Mental Disorders and Communication of Intent to Die in Indigenous Suicide Cases, Queensland, Australia
De Leo, Diego; Milner, Allison; Sveticic, Jerneja
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v42 n2 p136-146 Apr 2012
In comparing Indigenous to non-Indigenous suicide in Australia, this study focussed on the frequency of the association between some psychiatric conditions, such as depression and alcohol abuse, and some aspect of suicidality, in particular communication of suicide intent. Logistic regression was implemented to analyze cases of Indigenous (n = 471) versus non-Indigenous suicides (n = 6,655), using the Queensland Suicide Register as a data source. Compared to non-Indigenous suicides, Indigenous cases had lower odds of being diagnosed with unipolar depression, seeking treatment for psychiatric conditions or leaving a suicide note. Indigenous suicides had greater odds of verbally communicating suicide intent and having a history of alcohol and substance use. The magnitude of these differences is remarkable, underscoring the need for culturally sensitive suicide prevention efforts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia