Year: 1976 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.129, (September 1976), p.261-266 SIEC No: 19831770

The significance of ethnic origin & immigrant status in attempted suicide was examined in this study. Epidemiological data (1969-72) indicated that self-poisoning among West Indian immigrants in Birmingham was less prevalent than in the West Indies. The association of recent pregnancy with attempted suicide among young immigrants was noteworthy. Attempted suicide was often benign; few abused alcohol/drugs or repeated attempts. The lower male rate of attempted suicide & its rarity in older persons confirms findings.