The effect of war on suicide rates

A study of France from 1826 to 1913
  • David Lester
Original Articles


An analysis of suicide rates in France from 1826 to 1913 indicated that suicide rates were lower during years of war than during years of peace. This effect was stronger for female suicide rates than for male suicide rates and seemed to hold both for major and minor wars.

Key words

War Suicide France 


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© Springer-Verlag 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Lester
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  1. 1.Center for the Study of SuicideBlackwoodUSA

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