Year: 2008 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.192, no.4, (April 2008), p.279-284 SIEC No: 20090054

This study described the prevalence of & psychosocial risk factors for suicidal acts in a general adult population. Data were obtained from a Canadian epidemiological survey of 36,984 respondents, aged 15 & over. Of these respondents, 0.6% endorsed a 12-month suicidal act. Female gender, being separated or divorced, being unemployed, experiencing a chronic physical health condition, & experiencing a major depressive episode in the same 12-month period as the act were significantly associated with a suicidal act. The psychosocial correlates of suicidal acts in this sample are consistent with those previously reported in clinical & general population samples. (31 refs.)