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Table 2 Suicide index. Contributing factors to suicide experienced by the suicide and accident victims

From: Suicide or accident? A psychological autopsy study of suicide in youths under the age of 16 compared to deaths labeled as accidents

Contributing factors Suicide victims Accident victims Statistics
  n = positive score (%) n = positive score (%) OR CI p
Loss 21 (50) 7 (17) 5.0 1.8-13.8 <.01
Conflict 24 (59) 5 (12) 10.4 3.4-32.1 .01
Bullied 12 (29) 6 (14) 2.4 .8-7.2 .18
Suicide interest 19 (46) 1 (2) 35.4 4.4-282.4 .01
Suicide threat 4 (10) 0 (0)    .06
Suicide attempt* 5 (12) 0 (0)    .03
Self harm 1 (2) 1 (2) 1.0 .1-16.5 1.00
Mental health problems 14 (33) 5 (12) 3.7 1.2-11.5 .04
Sub-threshold depression 8 (16) 1 (2) 9.9 1.2-83.5 .02
Depression* 4 (10) 0 (0)    .06
Any other psychiatric diagnosis 6 (14) 3 (7) 2.3 .5-9.9 .31
Vulnerable/touchy 21 (50) 4 (10) 9.5 2.9-31.4 <.01
Worried/anxious 7 (17) 1 (2) 7.8 .9-66.6 .06
Self or socially confident** 38 (91) 27 (64) 5.3 1.6-17.7 <.01
Impulsive/temperamental 6 (14) 0 (0)    .03
Suicide in family or local community 18 (43) 1 (2) 30.8 3.9-245.1 <.01
  1. All variables are graded 0 = not present or 1 = present.
  2. *indicates variables graded 0 = not present or 2 = present.
  3. ** indicates variable graded 0 = present or 1 = not present.