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Suicide among the elderly in Honolulu County: a multiethnic comparative study (1987-1992)

, : Suicide among the elderly in Honolulu County: a multiethnic comparative study (1987-1992). International Psychogeriatrics 11(1): 57-66

Suicide rates for the elderly continue to be the highest for any age group. Although these rates are known to be significant, little study has been given to the ethnic variability associated with this phenomenon. This retrospective study was undertaken to explore this issue and involved a review of the coroner's reports for completed elder suicides (65 years of age or older) for Honolulu County from 1987 through 1992 inclusive. The results showed a mean age of 75 years, with the highest incidence of completion in the 80+ age group. The predominant method of suicide completion in this study group was found to be hanging, followed by jumping, firearms, and poisoning. There were significant gender and ethnic differences in the method of suicide completion. Almost half of the sample saw a healthcare provider within the 6 months before their death. Comparisons with other elder suicide studies are presented.


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