June 1971

Suicide Attempts in a Federal Prison

Author Affiliations

Lewisburg, Pa
From the Public Health Service Hospital, US Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pa. Dr. Rieger is now at the Department of Psychiatry, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(6):532-535. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750120048008

The records of 58 federal offenders at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg who had made one or more suicide attempts were examined. The attempts were categorized as to seriousness and related to risk factors. The more serious attempt were positively related to (1) loss of a loved one, (2) method other than cutting, and (3) later separation from mother. These findings are essentially consistent with the pertinent literature.