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Motives of male suicides, 1900–1950

Motives of male suicides, 1900–1950

This chart, derived from an examination of the coroners' inquests, shows the principal motives for suicide among males in New Zealand in the first half of the 20th century. Illnesses, both mental and physical, were a motive for almost two-fifths of the deaths, and alcohol, often associated with depression and work problems, was also a significant factor.

Source: John Weaver, A sadly troubled history: the meanings of suicide in the modern age. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2009. p. 155

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Suicide - Personal factors and suicide', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/graph/26434/motives-of-male-suicides-1900-1950 (accessed 27 October 2021)

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