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Table 3 Characteristics of substance users with and without suicide attempts

From: Factors that affect substance users’ suicidal behavior: a view from the Addiction Severity Index in Korea

Characteristics With suicide attempts Without suicide attempts P value
(N = 120) (N = 95)
General information    
   Age in years 41.55 ± 7.60 42.52 ± 8.62 0.384
   Male 112 (93.3) 89 (93.7) 0.918
   Education (grades) 9.78 ± 2.41 10.28 ± 2.01 0.100
   Employed 24 (20.0) 19 (20.0) 1.000
Drug and alcohol information    
   Delirium tremens 23 (19.2) 7 (7.4) 0.017
   Drug overdose 74 (61.7) 42 (44.7) 0.019
Medical information    
   Pain from medical problem 0.99 ± 1.41 0.61 ± 1.09 0.027
Legal information    
   Protective supervision 27 (22.5) 36 (37.9) 0.016
   Criminal record with assault 64 (53.3) 34 (35.8) 0.013
   Period of imprisonment 81.09 ± 69.36 53.73 ± 60.60 0.003
   Severity of legal problem 2.87 ± 1.27 2.43 ± 1.48 0.024
Family information    
   Father’s alcoholism 17 (14.2) 29 (30.5) 0.004
Social information    
   Physical abuse 24 (20.0) 9 (9.6) 0.038
Psychological information    
   Serious depression 83 (69.2) 53 (55.8) 0.047
   Trouble with controlling violent behavior 75 (62.5) 40 (42.1) 0.004
   Prescription experience 55 (45.8) 26 (27.4) 0.007
  1. The categorical variables are presented as n (%) in the chi-square test, and the continuous variables are presented as the mean ± SD in the Student’s t test.