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Historical change of suicide seasonality in the canton of Zurich, Switzerland


Ajdacic-Gross, Vladeta; Bopp, Matthias; Eich, D; Gostynski, Michal; Rössler, W; Gutzwiller, Felix (2005). Historical change of suicide seasonality in the canton of Zurich, Switzerland. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 35(2):217-26.

Abstract

Current research is yielding an increasingly heterogeneous picture of suicide seasonalities: They seem to depend on methods and, moreover, they seem to have smoothed in recent decades. This work examines the latter issue by comparing suicide seasonalities in the canton of Zurich, Switzerland, in the 16 th -18 th centuries, 1901-1920 and 1969-94. The results indicate shifts of peaks and lows on suicide seasonalities over the centuries, with a smoothing of seasonalities toward the 21 th century. The recent period does not show any suicide seasonality at all. The canton of Zurich seems to be ahead of the general trend found in other regions of Switzerland.

Abstract

Current research is yielding an increasingly heterogeneous picture of suicide seasonalities: They seem to depend on methods and, moreover, they seem to have smoothed in recent decades. This work examines the latter issue by comparing suicide seasonalities in the canton of Zurich, Switzerland, in the 16 th -18 th centuries, 1901-1920 and 1969-94. The results indicate shifts of peaks and lows on suicide seasonalities over the centuries, with a smoothing of seasonalities toward the 21 th century. The recent period does not show any suicide seasonality at all. The canton of Zurich seems to be ahead of the general trend found in other regions of Switzerland.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Clinical and Social Psychiatry Zurich West (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:History, 16th Century - History, 17th Century - History, 18th Century - History, 19th Century - History, 20th Century - History, 21st Century - Humans - Suicide/history - Switzerland
Language:English
Date:2005
Deposited On:29 Sep 2011 11:56
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 09:08
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0363-0234
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1521/suli.35.2.217.62880
PubMed ID:15843338

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