Suicide attempts among Turkish psychiatric patients

Coşar B., Koçal N., ARIKAN Z., Işik E.

Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, vol.42, no.10, pp.1072-1075, 1997 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/070674379704201009
  • Journal Name: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1072-1075
  • Keywords: Diagnosis, Islamic religion, Repetition, Suicide attempt, Turkey
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the sociodemographic characteristics of those who attempt suicide in an Islamic country, the effect of religion on suicide attempts, and the frequency of DSM-III-R diagnoses in suicide attempters referred to the Gazi Medical School Psychiatry Department. Method: Medical records of 185 cases of suicide attempts were reviewed. Results: There was a predominance of single, female subjects. Students, housewives, and employees represented the 3 largest groups. Drug overdose was the most common method of suicide attempt, and the most common DSM-III-R diagnosis was depression. The rate of repetition of suicide attempt was 43.3%. Conclusion: Suicide is one of the major problems among Turkish psychiatric patients, although the Islamic religion strongly disapproves of it.