Year: 2004 Source: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, v.32, no.5, (2004), p.349-355 SIEC No: 20080657

All hospital-admitted parasuicide cases in the area of Le—n, Nicaragua were assessed over a three-year period using standardized instruments. 233 parasuicide cases were identified giving a parasuicide rate of 66.3/100,000 inhabitants per year based on the population 10 years & older. A majority of cases involved females who were significantly younger than the males. The highest rates found in the age group 15-19 years. Consistent seasonal variation with peaks in May-June & September-October were found. 46.5% of cases had been in contact with the healthcare system within 6 months of attempting suicide. (29 refs.)