Seasonal Variation in Suicide in a Predominantly Caucasian Tropical/Subtropical Region of AustraliaCantor C.H. · Hickey P.A. · De Leo D.
The Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention, Nathan, Australia
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.
Dr. Chris Cantor
Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Griffith University, Nathan Campus
Nathan, Queensland 4111 (Australia)
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Psychopathology (International Journal of Descriptive Psychopathology Phenomenology and Clinical Diagnositcs)
Founded 1897 as ‘Monatsschrift für Psychiatrie und Neurologie’
Vol. 33, No. 6, Year 2000 (Cover Date: November-December 2000)
Journal Editor: E. Gabriel, Vienna; C. Mundt, Heidelberg
ISSN: 0254–4962 (print), 1423–033X (Online)
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