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Historical Perspectives on Suicide and Suicide Prevention in Sweden
Södertörn University College, Avdelning 4, Sociology. Södertörn University College, Department of Society and History, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre on Health of Societies in Transition).
2002 (English)In: Archives of Suicide Research, ISSN 1381-1118, E-ISSN 1573-8159, Vol. 6, no 3, 269-284 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The suicide panorama is not static but continually changing with the development of society. In this article changes in suicide rates and attitudes towards suicide in Sweden from pre-modern to modern time are described, with suicidal murders as an interesting transitional form. The rates of homicide have decreased, while those of suicide have increased. Changes in attitudes towards suicide have reached different groups in society at different times, leading to very heterogeneous suicide patterns. With increasing social homogeneity there now seems to exist a tendency back towards larger homogeneity of suicide as well. In order to develop suicide prevention into a vital branch of public-health services humanistic, linguistic and social research in suicidology must be encouraged.

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2002. Vol. 6, no 3, 269-284 p.
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historia, modernisering, självmord, suicidalmord, Sverige
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-6561DOI: 10.1080/13811110214138OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-6561DiVA: diva2:401922
Available from: 2011-03-04 Created: 2011-03-03 Last updated: 2011-03-25Bibliographically approved

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