Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 181–185 | Cite as

The Role of Marital Status, Literacy, and Urbanity in Suicidal Behavior by Burns in the Province of Khorasan, Iran

  • Reza Alaghehbandan
  • Abdolaziz Rastegar LariEmail author
  • Mohammad-Taghi Joghataei
  • Azar Islami
Brief Report


A prospective study of all suicidal behaviors by burns requiring hospitalization was conducted in the province of Khorasan, Iran, from March 21, 2005 to March 20, 2006, to examine marital status, urbanity and literacy among these patients. Data were obtained through interviews during the course of hospitalization. A total of 130 patients with suicidal behavior by burns were identified (incidence rate of 2.9 per 100,000). Females had a higher rate of suicidal behavior by burns than males (4.2 vs. 1.6 per 100,000, P < 0.001). The rate of suicidal behavior by burns was higher among single persons than married persons (4.3 vs. 3.5 per 100,000). The rate of suicidal behavior by burns among the rural population was slightly higher than the urban population (3.2 vs. 2.7 per 100,000). The high rate of suicidal behavior by burns among young, married women in Khorasan is a social tragedy.


Suicide Burns Epidemiology Khorasan Iran 



This study was funded by the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran (grant no. 849836, 17/01/2005). This study would not have been possible without the full dedication and commitment of the staff, particularly Ms. Bahraini, in the Imam Reza Hospital in Mashhad, Khorasan. The authors would also like to thank Ms. Heather Watkins for her valuable assistance in editing the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reza Alaghehbandan
    • 1
  • Abdolaziz Rastegar Lari
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mohammad-Taghi Joghataei
    • 2
    • 3
  • Azar Islami
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of MedicineMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of MedicineIran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  3. 3.University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation SciencesTehranIran

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