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Suicide during war and genocide 

Suicide during war and genocide
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Suicide during war and genocide
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David Lester

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198570059.003.0031
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date: 17 August 2019

Research indicates that suicide rates decline during wartime. The most likely explanation for this decline is the greater social cohesion of societies during wartime, but changes in the economy, such as reduced rates of unemployment, may also play a role. The impact of civil wars on suicide rates is unclear since the data in the different reports are inconsistent. Prisoners of war who are treated harshly have higher suicide rates after release. The suicide rate of Jews was high during all phases of the Holocaust in the 1930s and 1940s.

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