Year: 1995 Source: Psychological Medicine, v.25, no.1, (January 1995), p.179-188 SIEC No: 20011646

During the 14 years between the beginning of academic year 1976-77 & the end of academic year 1989-90, 216 Oxford University students (119 females & 97 males) were referred to the general hospital because of suicide attempts (254 in all). The rate of attempted suicide during university term-time was lower than in other young people of similar age in Oxford City. The difference was particularly marked in females. The lower rate in the students may reflect their generally higher socioeconomic status. The most frequent problems faced by the students were interpersonal followed by academic problems. Approximately a quarter of the students had psychiatric problems. At least 30% had a history of previous attempts. Suggestions are made concerning measures for improving the management & prevention of attempted suicides by students. (18 refs.)