Relationship between Russian roulette deaths and risk-taking behavior: A controlled study

David A Fishbain, J. R. Fletcher, T. E. Aldrich, J. H. Davis

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Abstract

A review of medical examiner records yielded data on 19 men and one woman who died playing Russian roulette. The men differed significantly from 95 male suicide victims who died of gunshot wounds to the head on several variables including age, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenship, marital status, living stimulation, health, and the likelihood of the death being witnessed. The Russian roulette victims were significantly less likely to die in the bedroom, die in the morning, leave a suicide note, and be depressed but were significantly more likely to have alcohol or drugs in their body fluids and to have a previous history of drug and alcohol abuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-567
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume144
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

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Risk-Taking
Suicide
Gunshot Wounds
Coroners and Medical Examiners
Marital Status
Religion
Body Fluids
Alcoholism
Substance-Related Disorders
Medical Records
Head
Alcohols
Health
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Fishbain, D. A., Fletcher, J. R., Aldrich, T. E., & Davis, J. H. (1987). Relationship between Russian roulette deaths and risk-taking behavior: A controlled study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 144(5), 563-567.

Relationship between Russian roulette deaths and risk-taking behavior : A controlled study. / Fishbain, David A; Fletcher, J. R.; Aldrich, T. E.; Davis, J. H.

In: American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 144, No. 5, 01.01.1987, p. 563-567.

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Fishbain, DA, Fletcher, JR, Aldrich, TE & Davis, JH 1987, 'Relationship between Russian roulette deaths and risk-taking behavior: A controlled study', American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 144, no. 5, pp. 563-567.
Fishbain, David A ; Fletcher, J. R. ; Aldrich, T. E. ; Davis, J. H. / Relationship between Russian roulette deaths and risk-taking behavior : A controlled study. In: American Journal of Psychiatry. 1987 ; Vol. 144, No. 5. pp. 563-567.
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