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Revisiting the association of aggression and suicidal behavior in schizophrenic inpatients.

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior (Impact Factor: 1.33). 02/2011; 41(2):171-9. DOI: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00018.x
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ABSTRACT Our study investigated the association of aggression and suicidal behavior in schizophrenic inpatients. Eight thousand nine hundred one admissions for schizophrenia (1998-2007) to a psychiatric university hospital were included. Schizophrenic suicides (n = 7)/suicide attempters (n = 40) were compared to suicides (n = 30)/suicide attempters (n = 186) with other diagnoses and to schizophrenic non-attempters regarding aggression. Logistic regression analysis was performed to explore risk factors for attempted suicide. Schizophrenic suicides/suicide attempters did not differ from other suicides/suicide attempters or from schizophrenic non-attempters with regard to aggression. Risk of inpatient suicide attempt was increased for patients with attempted suicide at admission, high school graduation, and disorganized subtype. Aggression could not be found to be a predictor of attempted suicide. Aggression seems to have a minor role for suicidal behavior in schizophrenia.

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