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Table 2 The distribution of suicidal behaviour according to the characteristic of subjects

From: Suicidal behaviour in old age - results from the Ibadan study of ageing

Characteristics Ideation n. (%) Plan. n (%) Attempt n (%)
Age group (years)    
80+ 32 (4.3) 11 (1.4) 3 (0.5)
75–79 17 (4.7) 1 (0.5) 0.(0.0)
70–74 28 (4.7) 4 (0.6) 2 (0.2)
65–69 22 (3.0) 4 (90.7) 1 (0.1)
Gender    
Male 39 (0.7) 2 (0.2) 1 (0.1)
Females 60 (4.5) 18 (1.5)* 5 (0.3)
Total 99 (4.0) 20 (0.7) 6 (0.2)
Years of formal education    
0 1–6 51 (3.9) 11 (0.8) 2 (0.1)
7–12 29 (4.4) 4 (0.7) 2 (0.3)
13+ 10 (3.8) 3 (1.2) 1 (0.2)
  9 (4.0) 2 (0.2) 1 (0.1)
Marital group    
Married 44 (3.4) 5 (0.3) 3 (0.1)
Separated/Widowed/divorced 55 (5.0) 15 (1.5)** 3 (0.3)
Economic group    
High 8 (3.6) 2 (0.3) 1 (0.3)
High-average 22 (3.8) 3 (0.6) 0 (0.0)
Low-average 43 (4.6) 10 (0.9) 5 (0.4)
Low 26 (3.6) 5 (0.9) 0 (0.0)
Residence    
Urban 16 (2.5) 5 (0.8) 2 (0.2)
Semi-urban 41 (3.4) 9 (0.8) 3 (0.2)
Rural 42 (6.1)** 6 (0.7) 1 (0.1)
Quality of house floor    
Earth floor 74 (4.2) 17 (1.0) 5 (0.2)
Hard floor 25 (3.6) 3 (0.3) 1 (0.1)
Religious 97 (4.0) 20 (0.8) 6 (0.2)
Contact with family 96 (4.0) 19 (0.7) 6 (0.2)
Contact with friends 89 (4.2) 18 (0.7) 6 (0.2)
Lifetime depression 551 25.6 1 (0.2)
  1. *= p<0.05, ** = p<0.01.