Social Predictors of Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescents in Trinidad and Tobago

Data were collected on sociodemographic variables & suicidal behaviour from 1,845 respondents, aged 14-20, from 24 schools across Trinidad & Tobago. Gender differences were found for both suicide ideation & attempts. Respondents from reconstituted families had higher ideation compared to other family structures while intact families had the lowest rate for suicide attempts. Religious attendance […]

Increasing Incidence of Admissions to a General Hospital for Deliberate Self-Harm in Trinidad

This study examined the epidemiology of attempted suicide & self-harm at the Port-of Spain General Hospital, Trinidad & compared it to a study done at the same hospital in 1974. Chi square analysis & significance testing through the use of t tests was done. A total of 368 referrals for attempted suicide or deliberate self-harm […]

Variation of Homicidal and Suicidal Behaviour Within Trinidad and Tobago and the Associated Ecological Risk Factors

This study identified some of the risk factors associated with homicidal & suicidal behaviours in Trinidad & Tobago by disaggregating the homicide & suicide data available from police records for distinct geographical regions. Spearman rank correlation was used to determine whether any of the observed variations could be attributed to social or demographic factors. Homicide […]

Suicide in Trinidad and Tobago: Associations With Measures of Social Distress


Acute Poisoning in Children: Cases Hospitalized During a Three-Year Period in Trinidad

The aim of this study is to describe the epidemiological features of acute poisoning in children less than 16 years old who were admitted to a pediatric hospital in north Trinidad. The results revealed that 11.2% of all poisonings were suicidal. There was a significant increase in suicidal poisonings from 2 in 1999 to 13 […]

Forensic Analysis of Acute Fatal Poisonings in the Southern Districts of Trinidad

A prospective autopsy study was undertaken at General Hospital in San Fernando, Trinidad to analyze 105 poisoning deaths that occurred in 1996-97. 99 of these deaths were suicides & 44.4% occurred in the 10-29 year age group. Agricultural poisons were the most common agents used in fatal poisonings. It is suggested that efforts to prevent […]

High Rates of Paraquat-Induced Suicide in Southern Trinidad

This study reviewed the suicides in the area with the greatest agricultural activity in Trinidad for 1996 & identified the cases in which paraquat was ingested. Of 48 suicide cases, 39 were due to paraquat poisoning. Among males, 47.8% were in age group 25-34 & among females, 50% were in the 15-24 age group. Family […]

Assisted Suicide or Culpable Suicide: is There a Difference?

The author argues that there is a thin line between assisted suicide & culpable suicide. In this article, culpable suicide is used to describe contributory negligence attributed to persons who unknowingly assist another person’s suicide. Maharajh presents two cases of culturally determined culpable suicide in Trinidad. (5 refs.)

Suicide by Poisoning

An epidemiological evaluation was conducted on 270 patients who died because of deliberate self-poisoning between January 1986 & June 1990. The male to female ratio was 2.7:1. The majority of victims were in the age group 11-34 years. Lovers quarrels, psychiatric illness & family disputes were reported as the most frequent precipitating events in suicide. […]

An Indigenous Conceptualization of Reactive Depression in Trinidad

While depressive reactions appear to be universal they have seldom been described outside Europe. While the symptoms of reactive depression are recognized in rural Trinidad as a common experience, they are also identified by Afro-Caribbeans as a specific state; TABANKA, following the loss of a sexual partner. Symptomatology includes lassitude, anorexia, insomnia, feelings of worthlessness, […]

Clinical Aspects of Attempted Suicide Among Women in Trinidad and Tobago

Reports that 90 of 350 psychiatric inpatients were admitted because of suicide attempts & 260 for other psychiatric reasons. Though the admission rate was high for 25-44 year old nonsuicide patients, more of those attempting suicide were younger than those admitted for other reasons. Reasons for & methods of the suicide attempts are listed.

Socio-Cultural Aspects of Attempted Suicide Among Women in Trinidad and Tobago

Studied differences in the distribution of female attempters among East Indian & African populations in Trinidad & Tobago. Data from 90 admissions show (a) there were similar attempt rates in each subgroup; (b) East Indians were older (over 25 years) than Africans; (c) East Indians used more domestic substances (e.g. bleach) than Africans. Both groups […]