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Table 4 Comparison of characteristics between young, middle aged and older people groups. (N = 3698)

From: Analysis of attempted suicide episodes presenting to the emergency department: comparison of young, middle aged and older people

 OlderMiddle agedYoungp
n = 412n = 1777n = 1509
Gender< 0.001
 Male207 (50.2)626 (35.2)433 (28.7) 
 Female205 (49.8)1151 (64.8)1076 (71.3) 
Age, mean SD75.2 ± 6.847.5 ± 7.526.7 ± 5.0< 0.001
Re-attempt55 (13.3)433 (24.4)541 (35.9)< 0.001
Occupation< 0.001
 Unemployed329 (79.9)411 (23.1)618 (41.0) 
 Employed(including student)34 (8.3)669 (37.6)717 (47.5) 
 Housewife49 (11.9)697 (39.2)174 (11.5) 
Living condition0.860
 No family57 (13.8)262 (14.7)225 (14.9) 
 Family355 (86.2)1515 (85.3)1284 (85.1) 
Alcohol co-ingestion88 (21.4)819 (46.1)647 (42.9)< 0.001
Previous psychiatric history130 (31.6)778 (43.8)733 (48.6)< 0.001
Suicide attempt method
 Poisoning314 (76.2)1312 (73.8)835 (55.3)< 0.001
 Cutting30 (7.3)293 (16.5)581 (38.5)< 0.001
 Drowning3 (0.7)21 (1.2)17 (1.1)0.728
 Falling8 (1.9)36 (2.0)52 (3.4)0.026
 Hanging61 (14.8)142 (8.0)89 (5.9)< 0.001
 Other methods0 (0.0)8 (0.5)4 (0.3)0.305
Psychiatric interview271 (65.8)1199 (67.5)969 (64.2)0.145
In-hospital mortality73 (17.7)93 (5.2)52 (3.4)< 0.001
  1. Parentheses indicate percentage