Year: 2004 Source: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, v.39, no.11, (November 2004), p.927-937 SIEC No: 20101019

59 patients with recent onset schizophrenia were assessed for suicide ideation & history, & a range of demographic, clinical, social, & self-esteem measures. Approximately 25% of the sample reported a current desire to kill themselves & 47% had made 1 or more previous attempts. There were numerous significant univariate differences between those with or without suicide ideation or history. Path analysis indicated greater hopelessness & longer duration of illness increased risk. The authors conclude that reducing risk of suicide means demographic, clinical, interpersonal, & psychological factors need to assessed & methods developed to reduce their influence. (35 refs.) JA