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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 100–108 | Cite as

Recommended care for young people (15–19 years) after suicide attempts in certain European countries

  • A. Hultén
  • D. Wasserman
  • K. Hawton
  • G.-X. Jiang
  • E. Salander-Renberg
  • A. Schmidtke
  • U. Bille-Brahe
  • T. Bjerke
  • A. Kerkhof
  • K. Michel
  • I. Querejeta
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Abstract

Data on recommended care for young people aged 15–19 years after attempted suicide from nine European research centres during the period 1989–1992 were analysed in terms of gender, history of previous suicide attempt and methods used. Altogether 438 suicide attempts made by 353 boys and 1,102 suicide attempts made by 941 girls were included. Analyses of the total data from all centres showed that young people with a history of previous suicide attempt and those using violent methods had significantly higher chance of being recommended aftercare than first-time attempters or those choosing self-poisoning. There were no significant differences of being recommended care between genders. Logistic regression analyses of the material were performed and the results were similar. Both having previous attempted suicide (odds ratio 2.0, 95% CI 1.53–2.61) and using “hard” methods (odds ratio 1.71, 95% CI 1.49–1.96) were significantly associated with increased possibility of being recommended aftercare. When individual centres were analysed, large disparities of recommended care after suicide attempts were found and there were no uniform criteria of recommending care for young suicide attempters in Europe.

Key words Young people attempted suicide method recommended care 

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© Steinkopff Verlag 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Hultén
    • 1
  • D. Wasserman
    • 1
  • K. Hawton
    • 2
  • G.-X. Jiang
    • 1
  • E. Salander-Renberg
    • 3
  • A. Schmidtke
    • 4
  • U. Bille-Brahe
    • 5
  • T. Bjerke
    • 6
  • A. Kerkhof
    • 7
  • K. Michel
    • 8
  • I. Querejeta
    • 9
  1. 1.Swedish National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention of mental illhealth at the National Institute for Psychosocial Factors and Health/Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institute Box 230, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden Tel.: + 46 8 7287026, Fax: + 46 8 306439SE
  2. 2.University Department of Psychiatry Warneford Hospital, Oxford OX3 7JX, UKGB
  3. 3.Psychiatric Institute, University of Umeå S-901 85 Umeå, SwedenSE
  4. 4.Universitäts Nervenklinik Füchsleinstrasse 15 D-97080 Würzburg, GermanyDE
  5. 5.Unit for Suicidological Research Tietgens Allé 108 DK-5230 Odense M, DenmarkDK
  6. 6.Department of Education and Social Science, Lillehammer College P.O. Box 1004 Skurva 2610 Lillehammer, NorwayNO
  7. 7.Department of Clinical Psychology Vrije University Amsterdam De Boelelaan 1009 1081 HV Amsterdam, The NetherlandsNL
  8. 8.Psychiatrische Universitätspoliklinik Mürtenstrasse 21 CH-3010 Bern, SwitzerlandCH
  9. 9.Hospital de Guipuzcoa Servicio de Psiquiatría 20014 San Sebastian, SpainES

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