Journal article

Baseline factors predictive of serious suicidality at follow-up: findings focussing on age and gender from a community-based study

A Kate Fairweather-Schmidt, Kaarin J Anstey, Agus Salim, Bryan Rodgers

BMC Psychiatry | BMC | Published : 2010


BACKGROUND: Although often providing more reliable and informative findings relative to other study designs, longitudinal investigations of prevalence and predictors of suicidal behaviour remain uncommon. This paper compares 12-month prevalence rates for suicidal ideation and suicide attempt at baseline and follow-up; identifies new cases and remissions; and assesses the capacity of baseline data to predict serious suicidality at follow-up, focusing on age and gender differences. METHODS: 6,666 participants aged 20-29, 40-49 and 60-69 years were drawn from the first (1999-2001) and second (2003-2006) waves of a general population survey. Analyses involved multivariate logistic regression. RE..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We wish to thank Trish Jacomb, Karen Maxwell and the PATH interviewers for their assistance with the study. Funding was provided by National Health and Medical Research Council Grants 179805 and 79839, a grant from the Alcohol-Related Medical Research Grant Scheme of the Australian Brewers' Foundation and a grant from the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund. Associate Professor Kaarin Anstey was supported by National Health and Medical Research Council Fellowship Grant (366756). At the time this research was conducted, Dr Kate Fairweather-Schmidt was partially supported by an AFFIRM scholarship. We would like to acknowledge Professor Tony Jorm, Professor Helen Christensen and Professor Bryan Rodgers, who are also chief investigators of the PATH Through Life Project.