Clinical variables related to suicide attempts in schizophrenic patients: A retrospective study

A. C. Altamura, R. Bassetti, S. Bignotti, R. Pioli, Emanuela Mundo

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Abstract

In this study, we investigated the possible association between clinical or pharmacological variables and suicidal behavior in a sample of chronic schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder patients. One hundred and three patients with a DSM-III-R diagnosis of chronic schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder were studied. The sample was subdivided in two subsamples according to the presence/absence of suicidal attempts lifetime. The main demographic and clinical variables retrospectively collected were analyzed and compared between the two groups. Attempters had a significantly higher rate of nicotine abuse or dependence (chi-square=3.900, df=1, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-55
Number of pages9
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2003

Keywords

  • Addiction
  • Atypical antipsychotics
  • Depression
  • Duration of untreated psychosis
  • Nicotine
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Psychology(all)

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