Year: 1996 Source: Psychiatric Services, v.47, no.8, (August 1996), p.871-873 SIEC No: 19970742

A review of patient records was used to collect data on 45 patients who made suicide threats to increase the likelihood of hospital admission, & 92 patients who did not make such threats. Patients who made suicide threats were more likely to be substance dependent, antisocial, homeless, unmarried & in legal difficulty. Subsequent suicide attempts were uncommon in both groups. It is suggested that hospitalization should not be used as a substitute to resolve a patient’s social & legal problems.