Year: 2009 Source: Crisis, v.30, no.2, (2009), p.73-78 SIEC No: 20100277

This study compares sociodemographic & clinical characteristics of 102 first-time attempters with a group of 101 repeat attempters consecutively admitted to a general hospital in Brazil. A standardized interview & psychometric scales were administered to all patients. Repetition was associated with being female, a housewife, & having a score above median on the Beck Depression Inventory. The findings suggest that repeaters, namely, depressed housewives who have attempted suicide previously, need specific treatment strategies in order to avoid future suicide attempts. (39 refs.)