Season of birth is significantly associated with the risk of completed suicide

P. Döme, Balázs Kapitány, Györgyi Ignits, Z. Ríhmer

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Abstract

Background: Previous studies have provided somewhat inconsistent results about the effects of season of birth on the risk of suicidal behavior. Therefore, we decided to investigate this question in a large sample of suicide completers. Methods: We determined the season of birth-associated risk of completed suicide between the years 1970 and 2008 among all individuals who were born in the area of todays Hungary between 1930 and 1939, 1941 and 1942, and 1944 and 1969. Results: The final sample of participants included around six and a half million people. About 80,000 completed suicides occurred among participants during the period investigated (the number of suicide completers in our study greatly exceeds the number of suicide completers in any previous studies). A significantly (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-155
Number of pages8
JournalBiological Psychiatry
Volume68
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 15 2010

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Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • mood disorders
  • risk factor
  • season of birth
  • seasonality
  • suicide

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  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Medicine(all)

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Season of birth is significantly associated with the risk of completed suicide. / Döme, P.; Kapitány, Balázs; Ignits, Györgyi; Ríhmer, Z.

In: Biological Psychiatry, Vol. 68, No. 2, 15.07.2010, p. 148-155.

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Döme, P. ; Kapitány, Balázs ; Ignits, Györgyi ; Ríhmer, Z. / Season of birth is significantly associated with the risk of completed suicide. In: Biological Psychiatry. 2010 ; Vol. 68, No. 2. pp. 148-155.
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