Journal article

A comparison of non-fatal self-poisoning among males and females, in Sri Lanka

Thilini Rajapakse, Kathleen Margaret Griffiths, Helen Christensen, Sue Cotton

BMC Psychiatry | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In the recent past Sri Lanka has had a high rate of attempted suicide by pesticide ingestion, among both males and females. Recent evidence suggests that these trends in self-poisoning may be changing, with increasing medicinal overdoses and changing gender ratios. In the past, attempted suicide in Sri Lanka has been described as impulsive acts, but research regarding aspects such as suicidal intent is limited, and there has been no comparison between genders. The objective of this study was to describe gender differences in non-fatal self-poisoning in Sri Lanka with respect to substances ingested, triggers, stressors, suicidal intent and psychiatric morbidity. METHODS: Persons a..

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