A controlled study of suicide pacts

D. A. Fishbain, L. D'Achille, S. Barsky, T. E. Aldrich

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The records of the Dade County Examiner's Office were reviewed and 20 suicide pact (double suicides) were identified. These 40 suicide pact victims were compared using a standardized instrument to 120 randomly selected Dade County suicides, from the same time period and area. Suicide pacts were also compared based on their conposition (spouses, other intrafamilial pairs, and lovers). Suicide pact victims differed significantly from single suicides on several variables, including the tendency to use guns, leave suicide notes, have alcohol-positive blood, be older, be less depressed, and to suicide in the morning hours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-157
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number4 I
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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