Rural suicide - people or place effects?
F Judd, AM Cooper, C Fraser, J Davis
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2006
OBJECTIVE: To examine factors that may contribute to elevated rates of suicide among rural communities in Australia. METHOD: A wide-ranging literature search reviewed possible factors that may contribute to the geographical variation in suicide. Literature was organized to enable examination of compositional and contextual explanations, as well as collective social functioning and social practices. RESULTS: A variety of factors may contribute to elevated rates of suicide in rural compared with urban areas. Collective and contextual (place) factors seem to be of particular importance as possible contributors to the elevated rate of suicide among rural males. These include rural socioeconomic ..View full abstract