Journal article

Does adversity earlier in life affect elderly suicide rates? A cross-national study

Ajit Shah, Ravi Bhat

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY IN CLINICAL PRACTICE | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

Background. Although life-long adversity has been suggested as a protective factor for elderly suicides, studies examining protective factors for elderly suicides are scarce. Methods. The relationship between elderly suicide rates and five proxy measures of adversity earlier in life was examined using data from the World Health Organisation and the United Nations data banks. Results. Suicide rates on univariate analysis, in males and females in both the elderly age-bands, were lower when the severity of adversity was higher for at least four of the five proxy measures of adversity earlier in life. However, on multiple regression analyses, the only independent predictor of elderly suicide rat..

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