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The partners' views on precipitant stressors in suicide.
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PMID:  1605059     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
All suicides (n = 1397) in Finland during 1 year were studied by thorough interviews with the surviving next of kin. We included 388 suicides after which a spouse's or a cohabiting partner's subjective views of precipitant stressors in suicide process during the last 3 months and earlier in life were determined. In 82% of the cases the partner considered life events as precipitant stressors for the suicide. Among men, the most common stressors considered as suicide precipitants were somatic illness (25%), interpersonal discord (22%) and separation (14%). Among women these were mental disorder (28%), interpersonal discord (18%) and death of a significant other (17%). Somatic illness and retirement were more commonly considered as precipitants among older men, whereas interpersonal discord, separation and financial trouble were more common among younger men. Among women, job problems were more commonly considered as precipitants for younger subjects. Among both sexes, childhood adversity was more commonly reported among the younger subjects.
M Heikkinen; H Aro; J Lönnqvist
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica     Volume:  85     ISSN:  0001-690X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Publication Date:  1992 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-07-15     Completed Date:  1992-07-15     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370364     Medline TA:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  380-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, University of Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Conflict (Psychology)
Interpersonal Relations
Life Change Events*
Marriage / psychology*
Middle Aged
Personality Development
Risk Factors
Sex Factors
Sick Role
Stress, Psychological / complications*
Suicide / psychology*

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