Suicide and gender

O'Connor, R. C. and Sheehy, N. P. (1997) Suicide and gender. Mortality, 2(3), pp. 239-254. (doi: 10.1080/714892786)

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There has been an alarming increase in suicide, especially among the young. This study sought to profile suicide in Northern Ireland and investigate gender differences. It is argued that the identification of such differences is essential for more adequate intervention. Suicides ( n =142) drawn from catchment areas in Northern Ireland are described according to selected demographic, clinical and psychosocial factors. Females were significantly more likely to be living with a partner and suffering from health problems. There was a high incidence of mental illness, with females more often depressed. The importance of stressors as suicidal correlates is also supported. Almost 50% of the deceased had visited their GP in the 6 months prior to death and the role of the health care team in intervention is discussed. Suicide in Northern Ireland does not appear to be a special case and is very similar to that reported elsewhere. Gender differences in suicide should help identify more accurately those at risk.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Connor, Professor Rory
Authors: O'Connor, R. C., and Sheehy, N. P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Mortality
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9885
Published Online:19 August 2010

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