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Suicide in Portugal: spatial determinants in a context of economic crisis

Author(s): Santana, Paula ; Costa, Cláudia ; Cardoso, Graça ; Loureiro, Adriana ; Ferrão, João

Date: 2015

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Origin: Repositório da Universidade de Lisboa

Project/scholarship: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876-PPCDTI/122566/PT ; info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876-PPCDTI/130790/PT ;

Subject(s): Suicídio; Suicide


This study compares the existing statistical association between suicide mortality and the characteristics of places of residence (municipalities), before and during the current economic crisis, in Portugal. We found that (1) the traditional culture-based North/South pattern of suicidal behaviour has faded away, while the socioeconomic urban/rural divide has become more pronounced; (2) suicide is associated with higher levels of rurality and material deprivation; and (3) recent shifts in suicidal trends may result from the current period of crisis. Strategies targeting rural areas combined with public policies that address area deprivation may have important implications for tackling suicide.

Document Type Journal article
Language English
Contributor(s) Santana, Paula; Costa, Cláudia; Cardoso, Graça; Loureiro, Adriana; Ferrão, João
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