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attempts in Punjab, Pakistan.
Methodology: Archival research design was used to gather data in the form
of reports of successful suicide commitment were collected from "Daily Express"
for ten months from September, 2014 to June, 2015. All possible information
related to gender, age, marital status, causes of suicide and mode
of suicide was gathered. Data in only one newspaper was included to avoid
repetition of news. News with missing important demographic information
was excluded. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics.
Results: Out of total 87, more male 50(57.5%) than females 37(42.5%) committed
suicide. Most victims of suicide fell in the age range between 20-29
years i.e., 26(29.9%). Mostly unmarried individuals 43(49.4%) committed suicide
in comparison with the married individuals who were 33(37.9%). Most of
the suicides were committed because of domestic quarrels 45(51.7%). Among
different modes of committing suicide, use of poison pills (used as pesticides
for wheat) were the highest 48(55.2%).
Conclusion: Young males, unmarried individuals and domestic problems
were the leading factors for successful suicide attempts. Use of poison pills
was the commonest mode of suicide.
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