Year: 1990 Source: Psychosomatics, v.31, no.1, (Winter 1990), p.67-74 SIEC No: 19901371

This article reviews 260 patients with self-inflicted firearm injuries evaluated by psychiatric consultation over 12 years. Demographics, psychological issues (consultant & patient), & criteria for judging premediation & seriousness are discussed. The group consisted of primarily white males (aged 20-29 years). Alcohol was involved in 25% of cases. Most common site of injury for both sexes: the abdomen. Most common psychiatric diagnoses: major depression & substance abuse. (18 refs.)