Year: 2006 Source: Journal of Affective Disorders, v.94, no.1-3, (August 2006), p.145-149 SIEC No: 20090951

To examines whether suicide victims who wrote notes differ from those who did not, the authors investigated the characteristics of a sample of more than 5000 Japanese suicides using multiple logistic regression analysis. The mean incidence of note writers was 30.1%. Note writers had the following characteristics: higher proportion of females, those living alone, & suicide by more lethal methods. Non-note writers’ suicides seemed to be precipitated by physical illness, psychiatric disorder, &/or history of psychiatric disorders. (25 refs.)