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Differential correlation of suicide and homicide rates according to geographical areas: A study with population-level data

Fountoulakis, Konstantinos N. and Gonda, Xénia (2017) Differential correlation of suicide and homicide rates according to geographical areas: A study with population-level data. Psychiatry Research, 249. pp. 167-171. ISSN 1872-7123

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Abstract

The current study investigated the relationship of suicide and homicide rates internationally. WHO database mortality data for 82 countries concerning suicide, homicides, and cancer and traffic accidents as controls were used. The analysis included Pearson correlation and multiple linear regression analysis. Worldwide homicidalrates explained 55.42%, 43.86% and 41.7% of male and 22.0%, 22.14% and 13.25% of female suicides for 2000, 2005 and 2010 respectively. In Europe there was a positive correlation between male suicide rates and all homicide rates including homicide rates in both genders, in male victims, and in female victims. In America there is no significant correlation. In Asia there is a significant correlation of male suicidal rates only with homicide rates of female victims. We observed marked and interesting differences in the pattern of association between Europe and the Americas. Overall the current paper suggests that at least in some human populations, suicidality and homicidality share common etiopathogenetic substrates and could be triggered by the same internal or external events or might develop based on common genetic background. Empirically it has been suggested that suicide is related to higher living standards while murder is related to poor quality of life and lower living standards.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Suicide, Homicide, Mortality rates
Subjects: R Medicine / orvostudomány > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology / terápia, gyógyszertan
Depositing User: Prof. György Bagdy
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 08:05
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2017 08:05
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/57411

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