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Psychological Factors Among Elderly Women With Suicidal Intentions or Attempts to Suicide: A Controlled Comparison

Psychological Factors Among Elderly Women With Suicidal Intentions or Attempts to Suicide: A... The aim of this study was to measure a range of psychological factors identified as important in the literature (resilience, psychological distress, feelings of hopelessness, personal and interpersonal control) among community-dwelling elderly women (N = 31) who had suicidal intentions or attempted suicide. The target group was matched to a control group on age within 5 years. The target group reported lower resilience, personal and interpersonal control but higher psychological distress and feelings of hopelessness compared to the control group. Women who had suicidal ideation or attempts in the last 12 months reported higher personal and interpersonal control. This suggests that although suicide among older women is strongly linked to psychological factors, it warrants further investigation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Women & Aging Taylor & Francis

Psychological Factors Among Elderly Women With Suicidal Intentions or Attempts to Suicide: A Controlled Comparison

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1540-7322
eISSN
0895-2841
DOI
10.1080/08952840903488831
pmid
20391144
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to measure a range of psychological factors identified as important in the literature (resilience, psychological distress, feelings of hopelessness, personal and interpersonal control) among community-dwelling elderly women (N = 31) who had suicidal intentions or attempted suicide. The target group was matched to a control group on age within 5 years. The target group reported lower resilience, personal and interpersonal control but higher psychological distress and feelings of hopelessness compared to the control group. Women who had suicidal ideation or attempts in the last 12 months reported higher personal and interpersonal control. This suggests that although suicide among older women is strongly linked to psychological factors, it warrants further investigation.

Journal

Journal Of Women & AgingTaylor & Francis

Published: Feb 8, 2010

Keywords: suicide; elderly women; community dwelling; psychological factors

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