Update of suicide trends in Italy from 1986 to 1996

Giuseppe Guaiana, Barbara D'Avanzo, Corrado Barbui

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Background. In some Western countries increasing suicide rates have been observed among males, especially young men, with a decline of female suicides. The present study analysed age-specific and age-standardised suicide rates in Italy. Method. From 1986 to 1996 national statistics on numbers of suicides in each sex and age group were examined. Results. Overall, suicides have remained substantially stable from 1986 to 1996. Among males over 45 years of age rates progressively decreased, and among subjects below 15 years rates remained stable. In the 15-24 and 25-44 age groups rates progressively rose: an overall increase of 2.76/100,000 and 1.60/100,000 was recorded, respectively. Among females over 45 years of age suicide rates progressively decreased, while rates in the other age groups remained fairly stable. Conclusion. The present analysis documents a rise in suicides among young men, and highlights the need for age-specific suicide prevention programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-270
Number of pages4
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Age
  • Mental disorders
  • Psychiatric reform
  • Sex
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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