Beta Thalassemia Minor as a Risk Factor for Suicide and Violence: A Failure to Replicate


The aim of present study was to evaluate the association of thalassemia minor with suicide, impulsivity and ag-gression. The study group consisted of 293 suicidal subjects, 300 violent criminals and 300 control subjects. Thalas-semia trait was slightly more common in criminals (7.3%) than in controls (6.67%), this difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.75). Similarly, carrier trait was observed more in suicidal subjects (8.87%) though this difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.3). Despite a plausible biological hypothesis, our study results do not support that thalassemia minor could be a risk factor for suicidal, impulsivity and aggressive behaviors.

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Ghiam, A. , Hashemi, A. , Bordbar, M. & Karimi, M. (2010). Beta Thalassemia Minor as a Risk Factor for Suicide and Violence: A Failure to Replicate. Psychology, 1, 17-21. doi: 10.4236/psych.2010.11003.

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