Seasonal Variation in Suicide in a Predominantly Caucasian Tropical/subtropical Region of Australia

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Title Seasonal Variation in Suicide in a Predominantly Caucasian Tropical/subtropical Region of Australia
Author Cantor, Christopher Henry; Hickey, Portia Adams; De Leo, Diego
Journal Name Psychopathology
Year Published 2000
Place of publication Switzerland
Publisher Karger
Abstract Seasonal variations in suicide were examined in a Caucasian population living relatively close to the equator. A spring/early summer peak, but no secondary autumn peak, was found for males. An autumn trough was found for females. No significant seasonal variation was found for rurality, distance from the equator, employment status, or methods of suicide. Post-mortem blood alcohol levels were higher in spring and summer, possibly reflecting socialization patterns. The modest associations are consistent with suggestion that climatic influences may produce greater variation in suicide rates where the climatic variation itself is greater.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1159/000029162
Volume 33
Page from 303
Page to 306
ISSN 0254-4962
Date Accessioned 2001-01-01
Date Available 2010-09-22T06:55:09Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Subject PRE2009-Medical & Health Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/3048
Publication Type Article in Scholarly Refereed Journal
Publication Type Code c1

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