Year: 2007 Source: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, v.15, no.6, (June 2007), p.541-544 SIEC No: 20100781

This study examined the role of cerebrovascular risk factors in late-life suicide. The authors calculated a cerebrovascular risk factor score for each case & comparison subject from a psychological autopsy study of suicide among community-dwelling adults over age 50 years. Scores were significantly higher in suicide cases than community-dwelling comparison subjects after accounting for age, gender, depression diagnosis, & functional status. Cerebrovascular disease may predispose to suicide in older adults by a variety of psychopathological means. (19 refs.) JA