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Peter Osvath, Viktor Voros & Sandor Fekete

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Chapter 7: Gender Issues in Suicide Risk Factor Assessment

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Gender Issues in Suicide Risk Factor Assessment
Gender issues in suicide risk factor assessment
PeterOsvath, ViktorVoros and SandorFekete

In the developed Western countries the number of men committing suicide is three times more than that of women. However, women are more likely to attempt suicide than men (Kaplan and Sadock, 2003). This is not a recent phenomenon, as in the nineteenth century Durkheim (1897) pointed out a similar gap in suicide mortality among men and women; but the difference became more apparent in the last decades of the twentieth century. There are many ways to explain why completed suicides are more prevalent in men; however, they do not explain the relatively low female suicide rates all over the world. Two approaches arise about gender differences in suicide: ...

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