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Cultural Issues in Suicide Risk Assessment*
Cultural issues in suicide risk assessment
ErminiaColucci

… no one who commits suicide does so without reference to the prevailing normative standards and attitudes of the cultural community. Therefore, cause of suicide can be understood only with reference to the socio-cultural norms and attitudes that govern suicide in each cultural community. (Boldt, 1988: 106)

The Impact of Culture on Suicidal Behaviour

Overall, suicide rates of different countries tend to be relatively stable over time and very different from one another. For example, Lester (1987, cited in Zonda and Lester, 1990) found that suicide rates of European countries in 1975 were strongly associated with the suicide rates of 100 years earlier. The different suicide rates persist when immigrants from these countries are examined ...

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