• 1 Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • 2 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre


Objective: The aim of this study is to compare the prevalence of life events among parasuicide patients
with the prevalence of similar life events among age, sex and race matched patients with non-chronic
medical illness. Methods: A hospital-based case-control study using convenience sampling method
was conducted in Hospital Kuala Lumpur for a period of three and a half months. A total of 50 patients
admitted consecutively after an episode of parasuicide and who fulfilled criteria for entry into the study
agreed to participate. For each case one age-, sex- and race-matched control was selected from the list of patients who were admitted to the same hospital for non-chronic medical illness. Result: Statistical analysis showed that compared with medically ill patients, parasuicide patients had significantly higher prevalence of threatening life events six months (p