Health and Science

Researchers Shed New Light on Suicides

People subjected to violence during childhood stand double the risk of committing suicide, shows a new study by Sweden's Karolinska Institute. And for adults who have attempted suicide and have themselves used violence against others, they stand three times as great a risk for attempting suicide.

Jussi Jokinine, a researcher in clinical psychiatry at Karolinska, told Swedish television that "Often, these patients are a lot more impulsive and aggressive, which can cause them to use more violence, but also to turn the violence towards themselves."

The connection was independent of psychological illnesses and abuse, factors that have previously been associated with suicide risk.

Newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that the researchers created a new scale to help assess a person's risk for attempting suicide again.

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