Pridmore, S and Ahmadi, J and Pridmore, W, Suicide of Australians during the Vietnam War, Australasian Psychiatry, 26, (2) pp. 149-151. ISSN 1039-8562 (2018) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2017 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Objectives: National suicide rates fall during times of war. This fits with the notion of the population coming together against a common foe. But, what happens in the case of a war which is not fully supported, which draws the population and families apart? We consider this question by examining the Australian suicide rates during the divisive Vietnam War.
Methods: We graphed and examined the Australian suicide figures for 1921–2010. Results: We found clear evidence of a decrease in the suicide rate for World War II (consistent with other studies), but a marked elevation of suicide during the Vietnam War.
Conclusions: The elevation of the Australian suicide rate during the Vietnam War is consistent with Durkheim’s social integration model – when social integration is lessened, either by individual characteristics or societal characteristics, the risk of suicide rises.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||suicide, suicide prevention, war, social integration model|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Mental health services|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|Objective Field:||Mental health|
|UTAS Author:||Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||1|
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