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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(5), 1927-1938; doi:10.3390/ijerph9051927

Wars and Suicides in Israel, 1948–2006

International Center for Health, Law and Ethics, Department of Psychology, Law and Ethics, University of Haifa, Mount Camel, Haifa 31905, Israel
Received: 13 March 2012 / Accepted: 11 May 2012 / Published: 18 May 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Suicide Prevention and Public Health)
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This paper reports the characteristics of suicides which occurred during the existential and the non-existential wars in Israel. It provides a first approximation of whether the suicide patterns in each war are consistent with the findings of Morselli and Durkheim, and whether their theoretical interpretations can serve as a preliminary guideline to explaining the Israeli case, which is characterized by short periods of war, social integration during some of the non-existential wars, and a sharp rise in post-war male suicide rates following all of the existential wars. Implications for further studies on the subject in Israel and elsewhere are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: Israel; suicide; existential and non-existential wars Israel; suicide; existential and non-existential wars

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Oron (Ostre), I. Wars and Suicides in Israel, 1948–2006. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 1927-1938.

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