Characteristics of the Chronic Suicide Attempter
This presentation reported on a study in which parasuicidal patients who presented to hospital with a history of multiple suicide attempts were contrasted to patients who had made only one suicide attempt. The sample was made up of 160 patients who were seen at Toronto General Hospital & who were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Nearly two-thirds of patients had a history of two or more suicide attempts. Repeat attempters were younger than first attempters, would have tried some other method if their method of choice had not been available, had more current life stressors, informed a friend or professional worker of their parasicidal behaviour more often than a family member, & were more likely to have a history of psychiatric treatment.