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Revista chilena de pediatría

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VALDIVIA P, Mario; SCHAUB M, Claudia  y  DIAZ P, Marcela. Suicidal attempts in children: some biodemographic aspects. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 1998, vol.69, n.2, pp.64-67. ISSN 0370-4106.

Objective to describe some biodemographic aspects of children who were admited to a general hospital aler attemped suicide Patients and methods: clinical recoras of all thirty cases of attempted suicide that were hospitalized n the ped atric wards cf a university associated public general hospital at Concepcion, Chile, between October 1995 and may 1997 were reviewed for information on demographic aspects end those related with the suicidal attempt. Results, patient age varied frorr 7 years to I 5 years. They were rrostly female [80%; and only 36.7% lived with both parents. Nearly 75% of Ire children and adolescents hoc a psychiatric disease (mostly a depressive disorder). The most commonly employed method for the suicidal attempt was drug ingestion. In most cases suicidal attempt was the result cf an impulsive action after a family conflict Only 23.3% of the oatients were still under psychiatric treatmen" or supervision one to twenty months after hospital discharge. Conclusion: more knowledge and better undestanding of attemoted su'cide in ch Idren is very imporant for pediatricians because they are usually the first health professionals to take care cf these cases.

Palabras clave : Suicide; attempted; depressive disorder.

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