Table 2

Reasons and motives for the index suicide attempt.

Variable

Suicide (N = 17)

Not suicide (N = 207)

Death, all causes (N = 50)

Survived (N = 174)


    Reasons why patient took pills or injured himself/herself (%)

Problems with partner a

33

61

44

63

Problems with parents

38

34

38

34

Problems with children

25

17

15

18

Problems with loneliness

75

72

79

71

Problems in making or maintaining friendships and social relations

50

46

49

46

Rejection by lover

27

39

44

37

Physical illness or disability b

31

20

36

17

Mental illness and psychiatric symptoms

50

69

64

68

Unemployment

38

21

30

21

Addiction

56

44

58

42

    Motives for the suicide attempt (%)

My thoughts were so unbearable

77

74

70

76

I wanted to show someone how much I loved him/her

31

36

36

36

I lost control over myself

62

69

65

70

The situation was so unbearable

79

76

77

77

I wanted to get away from an unacceptable situation

62

59

60

59

I wanted others to know how desperate I felt

39

54

42

56

I wanted to die c

93

62

67

64

I wanted to get help from someone

33

59

49

60

I wanted to know if someone really cared about me

29

42

33

44

I wanted others to pay for the way they treated me

29

27

30

26

I wanted to make someone feel guilty

36

27

30

26

I wanted to persuade someone to change his/her mind

21

26

14

29

I wanted to make things easier for others d

79

39

46

41

I wanted to sleep for a while

54

44

40

46


a Suicide vs. not suicide Fisher's exact test, p = 0.05; Death (all causes) vs. survived Fisher's exact test, p = 0.05 b Death (all causes) vs. survived Fisher's exact test, p = 0.007 c Suicide vs. not suicide Fisher's exact test, p = 0.02 d Suicide vs. not suicide Fisher's exact test, p = 0.005

Suominen et al. BMC Psychiatry 2004 4:11   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-4-11

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