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Title: Suicidality in the elderly: Role of adult attachment
Authors: Awirut Oon-arom
Tinakon Wongpakaran
Sirina Satthapisit
Nattha Saisavoey
Pimolpun Kuntawong
Nahathai Wongpakaran
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2019
Abstract: © 2019 Elsevier B.V. Attachment styles reflect interpersonal relationship patterns in many ways. Although there is increasing evidence regarding the relationship between attachment styles and suicidality in adults, few studies have been conducted among the elderly population. Present study aims to investigate the link between attachment style and risk of suicidality in elderly people. A secondary analysis of cross-sectional data among geriatric outpatients at psychiatric clinics in xxxx with respect to whether patients had depressive disorders according to DSM-IV by using Mini-Neuropsychiatric Interviews (MINI). MINI-Module C was used to assess suicidality. Other measures included the experience of close relationship questionnaire and a brief cognitive assessment, Mental Status Examination T10. One-hundred and ninety-one elderly people were included, 50.8% females and 119 (62.3%) had depressive disorder. Anxiety attachment predicted suicidality, determined with questions related to the following areas; “want to hurt myself”, “suicidal ideation”, “suicidal planning”, and “suicidal attempted in lifetime”. Anxiety attachment style was significantly increased the level of suicide risk. We concluded that high anxious attachment, such as preoccupied attachment style, was associated with suicidality in elderly people. Further investigation focusing on variables associated with attachment and suicidality, particularly depression or anxiety, is warranted.
ISSN: 18762026
Appears in Collections:CMUL: Journal Articles

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