This study evaluates the relative influence of social vs bioclimatic factors on cross-national variation in the magnitude of spring suicide peaks.
Time series and cross-sectional data for 28 countries are analyzed using bivariate plots and simple correlation.
Suicide seasonality (both overall and specifically as manifest by the presence of a sizeable spring peak) is positively correlated with seasonality in other kinds of social activity (measured in this study by the proportion of national work forces engaged in agriculture).
However, only populations in the temperate zone exhibit suicide seasonality, suggesting some contextual influence from geographical latitude.
Mots-clés Pascal : Suicide, Epidémiologie, Mortalité, Variation saisonnière, Homme, Etude comparative, International
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Suicide, Epidemiology, Mortality, Seasonal variation, Human, Comparative study, International
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0050028
Code Inist : 002B18C11. Création : 09/06/1995.