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Title: Suicidal ideation and reasons for living in elderly and younger adults with depression, and research portfolio
Author: Traynor, Elspeth
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 1998
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Purpose. To review the literature relating to age and parasuicide, and to highlight gaps in the current knowledge of psychological features which relate to parasuicide in the elderly. Methods. Relevant studies relating to suicide and parasuicide in the elderly, as well as those detailing psychological risk factors found amongst younger adults were obtained through CD-ROM search. The main findings are summarised below. Results. Studies investigating elderly suicidal behaviour have consistently found high rates of depression and suicide intent, and high rates of physical illness. The evidence does not support the assumption that depression and suicide in the elderly are the rational response to a negative life situation and ill health. Several psychological features of parasuicide amongst younger adults have been identified. These include deficits in memory and problem solving, hopelessness. and the absence of certain positive and adaptive attributes. Conclusions. Psychological features which have been linked to suicide risk amongst younger adults warrant further investigation amongst the elderly.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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