Youth Suicide and Gender in Australia and New Zealand Compared with Countries of the Western World 1973-1987

Authors: Pritchard, C.

Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

Volume: 26

Pages: 609-617

ISSN: 0004-8674

DOI: 10.3109/00048679209072096


Based upon standardised mortality figures, between 1973-1987, Australian male suicide rose by 39%, and New Zealand male suicide by 53%. In both countries there were even greater increases in male youth suicides (15-24 years), 66% and 127% respectively. The female suicide statistics were more varied with a fall of -24% in Australia, but an increase of 26% in New Zealand. In both countries however, female youth suicide, relative to their general rates, increased. A comparison of youth suicide in the western world demonstrated that Australia and New Zealand were unique as they were the only countries in which male and female youth suicide levels were higher than their average rates.

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