Suicide in Dublin : II. the influence of some social and medical factors on coroners' verdicts

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dc.contributor.author Walsh, Brendan M.
dc.contributor.author Walsh, Dermot
dc.contributor.author Whelan, B. J.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-07T16:32:15Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-07T16:32:15Z
dc.date.copyright 1975, The Royal College of Psychiatrists en
dc.date.issued 1975
dc.identifier.citation The British Journal of Psychiatry en
dc.identifier.issn 0007-1250
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1498
dc.description.abstract This paper presents an analysis of the factors which influence coroners in their decision to classify some deaths as suicides and others as accidental or 'open'. The most important influence on coroners' behaviour was seen to be the manner by which the person died. Those who died by cutting, hanging, drugs or gas were significantly more likely to receive a suicide verdict than those whose deaths were due to drowning, jumping, shooting or poisoning. If the deceased left any intimation of a suicidal intent, this increased the likelihood that a suicide verdict would be returned. Finally, persons aged under 40 were significantly more likely to be returned as suicides than older victims, especially those aged over 70. All of these results show that coroners operate by observing the law as it defines suicide, that is, by looking for evidence of intent of self-inflicted death. Our findings concerning the factors associated with the suicide verdict help to clarify the meaning of the official data on suicides in Ireland, and illuminate the reasons why, using clinical rather than legal criteria, a much higher rate is obtained. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Royal College of Psychiatrists en
dc.subject.lcsh Suicide--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Coroners--Ireland en
dc.title Suicide in Dublin : II. the influence of some social and medical factors on coroners' verdicts en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.authorid UCD0036 en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/bjp.126.4.309 en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 126 en
dc.identifier.startpage 309 en
dc.identifier.endpage 312 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1192/bjp.126.4.309
dc.neeo.contributor Walsh|Brendan M.|aut|UCD0036 en
dc.neeo.contributor Walsh|Dermot|aut| en
dc.neeo.contributor Whelan|B. J.|aut| en


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