Chapter 18. Suicide

  1. Craig Morgan and
  2. Dinesh Bhugra
  1. Gwendolyn Portzky and
  2. Kees van Heeringen

Published Online: 28 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch18

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Portzky, G. and van Heeringen, K. (2010) Suicide, in Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds C. Morgan and D. Bhugra), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch18

Editor Information

  1. NIH Biomedical Research Centre and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, University Hospital, Gent, Belgium

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470697139

Online ISBN: 9780470684214



  • suicide;
  • understanding complex aetiology of suicidal behaviour;
  • suicidal behaviour - multiple factors as underlying trait vulnerability;
  • classical sociological approach to study of suicidal behaviour - synonymous with theories of Durkheim;
  • classic Durkheimian premise - religious affiliation associated with high social integration, protection against suicide;
  • modern-day social determinants of suicidal behaviour - social perfectionism, social support and (im)migration;
  • social support - as modern-day equation of social integration;
  • young males, as risk groups, likely to be affected by social change;
  • young people, experiencing negative life events - social supports as a buffer against stress;
  • social factors, role in complex aetiology of suicidal behaviour


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Classical Sociological Determinants of Suicidal Behaviour: Divorce, Religious Affiliation and Unemployment

  • Modern-Day Social Determinants of Suicidal Behaviour: Social Perfectionism, Social Support and (IM)Migration

  • Social Variables in Young People

  • Conclusions

  • References