This research was supported by Healthlink South and a grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. The work of Professor Peter Joyce, MB, ChB, PhD, FRANZCP, in establishing this study and the clinical contributions of Professor Joyce and Dr Roger Mulder, MB, ChB, PhD, FRANZCP, are acknowledged.
A Case Control Study of Suicide and Attempted Suicide in Older Adults
Version of Record online: 19 JAN 2011
2002 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 1–9, Spring 2002
How to Cite
Beautrais, A. L. (2002), A Case Control Study of Suicide and Attempted Suicide in Older Adults. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 32: 1–9. doi: 10.1521/suli.18.104.22.16884
- Issue online: 19 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 19 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: December 6, 2000 Revision Accepted: June 10, 2001
Risk factors for serious suicidal behavior among older adults were examined in a case control study of 53 adults aged 55 and older who died by suicide or made medically serious suicide attempts and who were compared with 269 randomly selected comparison subjects. Multivariate analyses suggested that risk of serious suicidal behavior was elevated among those with current mood disorders (OR = 179, CI = 52.8–607.6), psychiatric hospital admission within the previous year (OR = 24.4, CI = 1.9–318.7), limited social network (OR = 4.5, CI = 1.4–14.6). The predominant role of mood disorders was confirmed by population attributable risk (PAR) estimates (73.6%), suggesting that the improved detection, treatment and management of mood disorders should be the primary focus of suicide prevention strategies for older adults.