Year: 1995 Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, v.34, no.10, (Oct/95), p.1297-1307 SIEC No: 19950596

A psychological autopsy study was used to characterize 19 female suicides in a Finnish youth suicide population & to compare them with male suicides. 68% of the female victims had suffered from a mood disorder & 73% had communicated their suicidal intent. 47% of the females had been in psychiatric care at some point in their lives & 42% had been hospitalized. Results suggest that young females who commit suicide may have suffered from more severe psychopathology than young male victims.