Clinical characteristics of depressed patients with a history of suicide attempts: Results from the CRESCEND study in South Korea

Min Hyeon Park, Tae Suk Kim, Hyeon Woo Yim, Seung Hee Jeong, Chul Lee, Chang Uk Lee, Jae Min Kim, Sung Won Jung, Min-Soo Lee, Tae Youn Jun

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Abstract

South Korea is a country with one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and the suicide rate is still on the rise. The purpose of this study was to determine the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of suicide attempts and risk factors related to suicide attempts among depressed patients in South Korea. Among the 1183 participants, 21.4% had a history of a suicide attempt. When the severity of depression was controlled, the risk factors for patients who attempted suicide included younger age, experienced significant life events before 12 years of age, psychotic symptoms, and previous depressive episodes. The characteristics of attempted suicide in depressed patients in South Korea can be summarized as a high suicide attempt rate with no difference in the number of suicide attempts and lethality between males and females. This unique tendency is probably related to the sociodemographic and cultural characteristics of South Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)748-754
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume198
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 1

Keywords

  • CRESCEND
  • Depression
  • South Korea
  • suicide
  • suicide risk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Park, M. H., Kim, T. S., Yim, H. W., Jeong, S. H., Lee, C., Lee, C. U., Kim, J. M., Jung, S. W., Lee, M-S., & Jun, T. Y. (2010). Clinical characteristics of depressed patients with a history of suicide attempts: Results from the CRESCEND study in South Korea. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198(10), 748-754. https://doi.org/10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181f4aeac