Year: 2004 Source: Medicine, Science and the Law, v.44, no.3, (July 2004), p.207-212 SIEC No: 20100355

This study explored whether childlessness has any significant association with elderly suicide & whether this differs between women & men. Data were extracted from coroners’ inquests in Cheshire. No significant gender difference in childlessness in elderly suicide victims (aged 60 & over) was found. The protective effect of having children appeared to diminish in old age. Childless females appeared to be at higher risk of dying in their first suicide attempt &, more importantly, could easily escape the attention of services. (14 refs.)