Story: Suicide

Marital status of male suicides, 1900–1950

 Marital status of male suicides, 1900–1950

Male suicides were more likely to be unmarried, widowed or separated than married. The personal support of marriage may have given some protection from the loneliness and despair which often led to suicide. 

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Source: John Weaver, A sadly troubled history: the meanings of suicide in the modern age. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2009. p. 171

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Jock Phillips, 'Suicide - Social factors and suicide', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 16 Jul 2019 with assistance from Sunny Collings and Rosemary Du Plessis