Correlates of impulsive suicidal behaviour

N Z Med J. 1977 Apr 27;85(586):323-5.


Up to two-thirds of reported suicidal acts are impulsive in nature. In a series of patients presenting at a general hospital as a result of suicidal behaviour, it was concluded that over half the acts were impulsive in nature. A number of variables were found to be related to the occurrence of impulsive suicidal behaviour and they included the following: a past history of suicidal behaviour, the tablets being in the same room when the decision to engage in the act was reached, the ingestion of more than half the available tablets, and finally, the tablets tending to be bottled rather than foil packaged. Findings were discussed in terms of the aetiology and prevention of impulsive suicidal behaviour.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Drug Packaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Impulsive Behavior*
  • Male
  • Poisoning / epidemiology
  • Sex Factors
  • Suicide, Attempted*
  • Unconsciousness / epidemiology