Journal article

Suicide in developing countries (2): Risk factors

Lakshmi Vijayakumar, Sujit John, Jane Pirkis, Harvey Whiteford

Crisis: the journal of crisis intervention and suicide prevention | HOGREFE & HUBER PUBLISHERS | Published : 2005


The majority of studies on risk factors for suicide have been conducted in developed countries, and less work has been done to systematically profile risk factors in developing countries. The current paper presents a selective review of sociodemographic, clinical, and environmental/situational risk factors in developing countries. Taken together, the evidence suggests that the profiles of risk factors in developing countries demonstrate some differences from those in developed countries. In some developing countries, at least, being female, living in a rural area, and holding religious beliefs that sanction suicide may be of more relevance to suicide risk than these factors are in developed ..

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