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Vol. 37, No. 1, 2004
Issue release date: January – February
Section title: Original Paper
Psychopathology 2004;37:36–40
(DOI:10.1159/000077018)

Life Events and Psychopathology in a Group of Suicide Attempters

Osvath P. · Vörös V. · Fekete S.
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pécs Medical School, Pécs, Hungary

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: April 22, 2003
Accepted: December 02, 2003
Published online: March 18, 2004
Issue release date: January – February

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP

Abstract

Researchers examined the incidence of negative life events and associated these events with psychological scales (depression, hopelessness, self-esteem and state-trait anger) in a group of suicide attempters (n = 101) within the framework of the WHO/EURO Multicenter Study on Suicidal Behavior. Certain negative life events (especially relationship problems and physical/mental abuse in childhood) turned out to be the main indicators of severe mental problems in the family of the attempters (e.g. addiction, self-destructive behavior or psychiatric hospitalization). Significant positive correlations were found between the number of events and some psychopathological symptoms like depression, hopelessness, anger and lack of self-esteem. The role of stressful life events in suicidal behavior is emphasized. Particularly traumatic events (e.g. abuse in childhood) may be involved in the development of psychological and/or biological vulnerability (stress-diathesis model) and cognitive dysfunction. Therefore, in the psychotherapy of suicide attempters, it is essential to explore and discuss negative life events.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: April 22, 2003
Accepted: December 02, 2003
Published online: March 18, 2004
Issue release date: January – February

Number of Print Pages: 5
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 3

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP


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