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Br J Psychiatry. 2003 Feb;182:164-70.

Influence of cohort effects on patterns of suicide in England and Wales, 1950-1999.

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Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol, UK. D.J.Gunnell@Bristol.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Age- and gender-specific suicide rates in England and Wales have changed considerably since 1950.

AIMS:

To assess whether cohort effects underlie some of these changes.

METHOD:

Graphical displays to assess age-period-cohort effects on suicide for the period 1950-1999.

RESULTS:

Successive male birth cohorts born after 1940 carried with them, as they aged, a greater risk of suicide than their predecessors although this effect diminished for the 1975 and 1980 birth cohorts. There was less clear evidence of any increased risk of suicide in post-war female birth cohorts.

CONCLUSIONS:

Succeeding generations of males born in the post-war years have experienced increasing rates of suicide at all ages, an observation in keeping with patterns seen in other countries. If these trends continue into middle- and old-age they will lead to a great increase in overall male suicide rates.

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12562746
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