The main aim of this study is evaluating the suicidelhomicide rate of the Italian security guards population compared to other armed and general populations during a recent period. Methods: The authors reviewed the incidence of suicides and homicides among security guards from 1996 to 2006 and, where information was available, a comparison was made with Italian population adapted by age. Comparisons with the general population were also made. Results: The average rate of firearms related suicide among the security guards population during the established period was 11.7per 100,000 persons-years (95% CI=6.6-16.7) compared to a guns-related suicide rate of 0.7 per 100,000 person-years, (95% CI=0.6-0.7) and a non-guns related rate of 5.5 per 100,000 persons-years, (95% CI=5.2-5.9) for the general population adjusted for age. The overall homicide rate among security guards during the period was 11.4 per 100,000 person-years (95% Cl=6.2-15.4) compared with the homicide rate for the Italian population of 5.4 per 100,000 persons-years, (95% CI=7.3-15.4). Conclusion: The rate of suicide and homicide among the Italian security guards population was higher than the suicide/homicide rate in the general population. These results show that the phenomenon we have described needs attention and specific prevention activities.
|Translated title of the contribution||Firearms related suicide/homicide rate among the security guards population in Italy|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia|
|Issue number||1 SUPPL. A|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2009|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health