Psychiatric Annals

CME Article 

Suicide Among Elderly Minority: Questions Raised by Case Studies

Nahla Mahgoub, MD; Nabil Kotbi, MD

Abstract

The first case is a 64-year-old man who speaks Mandarin Chinese and who is married, highly educated, and was active in the community until his business went bankrupt. He came to the United States 1 year ago and was looking forward to improving his finances. He left his wife in China because he felt that he was unable to care for her until he found a job. He lived with his brother, who came to the United States several years ago. The patient’s relationship with his brother was distant, and he was unable to engage into society because of a language barrier.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Nahla Mahgoub, MD, is Instructor in Psychiatry and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist, and Nabil Kotbi, MD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.

Address correspondence to: Nahla Mahgoub, MD, 21 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains, NY, 10605; or e-mail namd06@aol.com, nam2024@med.cornell.edu.

Dr. Mahgoub and Dr Kotbi have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the role of ethnicity and minority group status on psychopathology and suicide in late life.
  2. Discuss the risk factors of suicide in elderly minority.
  3. Review the need for further research that describes suicide behavior in elderly minority and proposes prevention strategies.

Abstract

The first case is a 64-year-old man who speaks Mandarin Chinese and who is married, highly educated, and was active in the community until his business went bankrupt. He came to the United States 1 year ago and was looking forward to improving his finances. He left his wife in China because he felt that he was unable to care for her until he found a job. He lived with his brother, who came to the United States several years ago. The patient’s relationship with his brother was distant, and he was unable to engage into society because of a language barrier.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Nahla Mahgoub, MD, is Instructor in Psychiatry and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist, and Nabil Kotbi, MD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.

Address correspondence to: Nahla Mahgoub, MD, 21 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains, NY, 10605; or e-mail namd06@aol.com, nam2024@med.cornell.edu.

Dr. Mahgoub and Dr Kotbi have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the role of ethnicity and minority group status on psychopathology and suicide in late life.
  2. Discuss the risk factors of suicide in elderly minority.
  3. Review the need for further research that describes suicide behavior in elderly minority and proposes prevention strategies.

The first case is a 64-year-old man who speaks Mandarin Chinese and who is married, highly educated, and was active in the community until his business went bankrupt. He came to the United States 1 year ago and was looking forward to improving his finances. He left his wife in China because he felt that he was unable to care for her until he found a job. He lived with his brother, who came to the United States several years ago. The patient’s relationship with his brother was distant, and he was unable to engage into society because of a language barrier.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Nahla Mahgoub, MD, is Instructor in Psychiatry and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist, and Nabil Kotbi, MD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Attending Psychiatrist, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.

Address correspondence to: Nahla Mahgoub, MD, 21 Bloomingdale Rd, White Plains, NY, 10605; or e-mail namd06@aol.com, nam2024@med.cornell.edu.

Dr. Mahgoub and Dr Kotbi have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

  1. Describe the role of ethnicity and minority group status on psychopathology and suicide in late life.
  2. Discuss the risk factors of suicide in elderly minority.
  3. Review the need for further research that describes suicide behavior in elderly minority and proposes prevention strategies.

10.3928/00485713-20080701-04

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