Year: 1997 Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, v.95, (1997), p.108-111 SIEC No: 20030395

This study examined the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and associated factors in an elderly population. In total, it was found that 13.3% of the subjects assessed had had suicidal thoughts during two weeks prior to being interviewed. 50% of those who had frequent suicidal thoughts were found to be depressed. In addition, suicidal thoughts were associated with increased disability in daily living, institutionalization, visual problems, and the use of psychotropic drugs. Findings and implication are discussed. (16 refs)