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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of attempted and suicide cases in the year 2019 and 2020

From: Analysis of news media reports of suicides and attempted suicides during the COVID-19 lockdown in India

Variables Suicide Attempts
  2019 (n = 196) 2020 (n = 326) 2019 (n = 24) 2020 (n = 43)
Gender     
 Male 115 (58.7) 232 (71.2)** 13 (54.2) 32 (74.4)
Age groups (years) (n = 165) (n = 298) (n = 17) (n = 32)
 < 30 102 (61.8)* 146 (49) 9 (52.9) 10 (31.2)
 31–50 38 (23) 104 (34.8)* 6 (35.2) 21 (65.6)
 > 50 25 (15.1) 48 (16.1) 2 (11.8) 1 (3.1)
Marital status (n = 147) (n = 157) (n = 12) (n = 12)
 Currently married 72 (49) 122 (77.7)** 6 (50) 10 (83.3)
 Never married 69 (46.9)** 30 (19.1) 6 (50) 2 (16.7)
 Divorced/separated/widowed 6 (4.1) 5 (3.1)
Occupation (n = 121) (n = 193) (n = 14) (n = 16)
 Employed 72 (59.5) 160 (82.9)** 9 (64.3) 13 (81.3)
 Unemployed 49 (40.5) 33 (17.2) 5 (35.7) 3 (18.7)
  1. Values are presented as number of cases (%). Significant differences between both the years for suicide cases (gender: χ2 8.4; age groups: χ2 8.2; occupation status χ2 21.1; marital status: χ2 28.0)
  2. *p < 0.05; **p < 0.01