Year: 1987 Source: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, v.25, no.10, (October 1987), p.9-13 SIEC No: 19902013

There is limited documentation on the significance of birthdays to a psychiatric population. A retrospective chart review on a sample of patient records, a review of records of 51 completed suicides & semi-stuctured interviews with day hospital patients were used to explore the possible relationship between birthdays & psychiatric morbidity. Birthdays may have clinical significance for certain psychiatric patients. If birthdays are perceived as stressful, morbidity may be affected. 13 refs