What are the sexual predilections of suicidal behaviors?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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The relationship between sex and suicide represents one of the most salient and enduring features in suicide-related statistics. Men commit suicide far more frequently than women. In the United States, the difference is quite striking. Suicide was the 7th leading cause of death for males and the 15th leading cause of death for females, in 2007. [38]

However, women make 2-3 times more suicide attempts than men do. [89] Furthermore, the sex differential continues in those who are suicidal who seek help; females are much more prone to go for medical and psychiatric aid then men are. [90]

Although the facts can be interpreted in many ways, including as they relate to method (men use firearms, and women use poison) and the ability to handle feelings, the fact remains that difference in frequency related to sex is a powerful and relatively consistent finding across a wide range of other demographic categories, such as age, socioeconomic factors, and region.


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