Pridmore, S and Pridmore, W, Suicide in early China and the current West, Australasian Psychiatry, 26, (6) pp. 651-654. ISSN 1039-8562 (2018) [Refereed Article]
© The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2018
Objectives: To characterize suicide in early China, as a means of extending knowledge of this behaviour.
Methods: We examined Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and collated and considered relevant details.
Results: In early China, loss of authority/status, loved ones and fortune were triggers for suicide. The expression of the intention to suicide, either by word or action, was observed and elicited a placating response. Less frequent, but nevertheless clearly recorded, were accounts of suicide completed to satisfy the wishes of others.
Conclusions: The suicide and related behaviour of early China shares many features with late Western societies, but one form (to satisfy the wishes of others) is currently undetected.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||suicide, mental disorder, predicament suicide, history|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Public Health and Health Services|
|Research Field:||Mental Health|
|Objective Group:||Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)|
|Objective Field:||Mental Health|
|UTAS Author:||Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)|
|UTAS Author:||Pridmore, W (Mr William Pridmore)|
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