Improved ascertainment of pregnancy-associated suicides and homicides in North Carolina.

Injuries, including those resulting from violence, are a leading cause of death during pregnancy and the postpartum period. North Carolina, along with other states, has implemented surveillance systems to improve reporting of maternal deaths, but their ability to capture violent deaths is unknown. The purpose of this study was to quantify the improvement in ascertainment[…]

Depression, Suicidal Ideation, and Attempts in Black Patients With Sickle Cell Disease

Using survey methods, the authors evaluated self-reported rates of depression, suicide ideation, & suicide attempts in 30 male & 37 female black patients with sickle cell disease. 36% of the sample reported depression in the past 30 days while 22% of the sample exhibited scores on the Beck Depression Inventory indicative of mild or greater[…]

Law Enforcement-Assisted Suicide: Characteristics of Subjects and law Enforcement Intervention Techniques (In: Suicide and Law Enforcement, edited by D C Sheehan & J I Warren)

This chapter describes historical, personality, behavioural, & situational factors of law enforcement-assisted suicides, which are also known as suicide-by-cop subjects. It also examines intervention tactics used by law enforcement officers during these incidents. Although suicide-by-cop shares several characteristics with other suicide attempts, it appears to be unique due to the involvement of other people. In[…]

Coping and Thought Suppresion as Predictors of Suicidal Ideation in Depressed Older Adults With Personality Disorders


Use of Simulated Clients in Marriage and Family Therapy Education

Simulted patient modules were created to help clinical faculty address suicidal, homicidal, child maltreatment, & domestic violence situations in a protected learning environment. Quelitative data over the course of 2 years revealed six thematic domains regarding therapists’ performance, therpists’ emotions, the simulation experiences, & lessons learned. Educational, clinical, & research recommendations include tools to implement[…]

Military Suicide: the Emergence of a new High Risk Group

This presentation reported on the findings of a 6-year study of military suicide in North Carolina. All officially recorded military suicides from 1972 through 1977 were analyzed. There were 76 suicides, with the greatest prevalence in Army personnel. Data analysis provided the basis for profiles of high- & low-risk victims. Preventive measures were discussed.

Youthful Self-Destruction: Indicators of High and low Risk Victims

The findings of an investigation of all officially recorded cases of suicide among North Carolina youth, ages 10-18 years & 19-22 years, during 1972-1977 were reported in this presentation. There were 226 & 319 suicides in the two age groups, respectively. Individuals at either high or low risk were first identified in each category &[…]

Too old to Live, too Young to die: an Analysis of Vulnerability of the Elderly for Suicide

This presentation discussed a preliminary investigation of self-destructive behaviour among the elderly. All officially recorded deaths in North Carolina during 1972-1977 formed the basis of analysis. During the study period there were 847 suicides in people 60 years of age or older. Prevailing theories on elderly suicide & high risk groups in the elderly population[…]

Children at Risk: the Association Between Perceived Weight Status and Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts in Middle School Youth

Background:  Suicide is one of the most common causes of death among young people. A report from the US Surgeon General called for strategies to prevent suicide, including increasing public awareness of suicide and risks factors, and enhancing research to understand risk and protective factors. Weight perception has been linked to depression and poor self-esteem[…]

First-time Suicide Attempters, Repeat Attempters, and Previous Attempters on an Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit