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Am J Psychiatry. 1988 Jun;145(6):718-22.

Some differences between men and women who commit suicide.

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University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.

Abstract

Men have persistently had a several-fold higher suicide rate than women. In this study of 204 consecutive suicides, the authors examined three areas in which the men differed from the women. Men used more violent, immediately lethal methods of suicide, were almost three times more likely to be substance abusers, and were more likely to have economic problems as stressors. The authors conclude that while the difference in suicide rate between men and women is complexly determined, the weight of the evidence suggests that more men than women intend to commit suicide.

PMID:
3369559
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.145.6.718
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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