Characterization of schizophrenic patients who commit suicide

A. Breier, B. M. Astrachan

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Twenty schizophrenic patients who committed suicide were compared with a randomly selected group and a sex-matched group of nonsuicidal schizophrenic patients and with a group of nonschizophrenic patients who committed suicide. The schizophrenic patients who committed suicide were more often men, and tended to be young, never married, non-Protestant, and white. They failed to communicate their suicidal intent directly, used highly lethal suicide methods, and tended not to have undergone stressful life events associated with their suicides. A thorough, case-by-case clinical assessment of potential suicidal ideation is essential with schizophrenic patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-209
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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