Recent life events and attempted suicide

J Affect Disord. 1990 Jan;18(1):51-8. doi: 10.1016/0165-0327(90)90116-p.


The contextual method was used to identify the incidence of recent life events and difficulties among 50 suicide attempters compared with a control group selected at random from the general population. Suicide attempters experienced a significantly greater incidence of major life events, although for all life events irrespective of stressfulness, and for independent events the differences were not significant. The overall incidence of difficulties was also higher among suicide attempters. Finally, the results suggest a vulnerability effect as far as three factors are concerned: early loss of/separation from one or both parents, absence of paid employment and living in a nuclear family.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Family
  • Female
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Stress, Psychological / complications
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*
  • Unemployment