Funding for this pilot study was provided by the NSW Department of Health. The authors thank the staff of the NSW (Glebe) Coroner’s Office for their unstinting help, both in identifying relatives of people who died by suicide and for making available files from which to extract data. We thank Annette Altendorf for guidance on statistical analysis.
Age Variation in the Prevalence of DSM-IV Disorders in Cases of Suicide of Middle-Aged and Older Persons in Sydney
Article first published online: 11 JUL 2011
© 2011 The American Association of Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 41, Issue 4, pages 465–470, August 2011
How to Cite
Snowdon, J., Draper, B. and Wyder, M. (2011), Age Variation in the Prevalence of DSM-IV Disorders in Cases of Suicide of Middle-Aged and Older Persons in Sydney. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 41: 465–470. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00049.x
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 11 JUL 2011
- Manuscript Received: February 18, 2009 Revision Accepted: January 9, 2010
Data concerning 127 persons aged 35 years or above who died by suicide (as determined in consecutive cases by a Sydney coroner) were analyzed. Psychological autopsy (PA) interviews were conducted in 52 cases, and details were compared with the 75 cases where data were available only from coroner’s files (CF). Most characteristics of the two groups were similar, although more CF suicide victims were of Asian background and unable to speak English fluently. Consensus diagnoses were reached following detailed discussion about PA and CF cases. Logistic regression showed no significant difference between age-groups in the proportion diagnosed with major depression, which contrasts with the results of an earlier U.S. study.