pesticides are the preferred method - females try but males commit suicide!
Abstract Background: Suicide attempts and suicides constitute a significant burden on communities and health systems, especially in low income countries. However, many low income countries lack epidemiological information on which to base future preventive strategies. This study reports on gender and age profiles as well as the likely background and means used for suicide attempts and suicides in Bolivia. Method: This study presents 1124 cases from four different sources of information: (i) emergency ward data with suicide attempts by poisoning from the year 2007, (ii) psychiatric ward data including suicide attempts from July 2011 to July 2012, (iii) newspaper articles reporting attempted suicides and suicides from 2009 to 2011, and (iv) the National Statistics on Crime reporting suicides from the years 2010-2011. Data on age was stratified into three age groups: adolescents aged 10-19 years, young adults aged 20-29 years, and older adults aged above 29 years. Data from the hospital wards and Crime Statistics were pooled to compare characteristics of suicide attempts with suicides concerning age and gender. Data on age, gender, methods used, and reasons were analyzed using IBM SPSS version 21. Results: Hospital data showed that more females (403/657, 61%) than males (254/657, 39%) attempted suicide, and females attempted suicide at a younger age than males (p
International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 2014, Vol 26, Issue 3, p. 361-367
Adolescent; Adult; Age Factors; Bolivia; Child; Depression; Female; Humans; Interpersonal Relations; Male; Pesticides; Poisoning; Pregnancy; Pregnancy, Unwanted; Sex Factors; Socioeconomic Factors; Suicide, Attempted; Wounds and Injuries; Young Adult