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Acceptance of Suicide in Moscow
Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS), Södertörn University, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, ISSN 0933-7954, E-ISSN 1433-9285, Vol. 46, no 8, 753-765 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose Attitudes concerning the acceptability of suicidehave been emphasized as being important for understandingwhy levels of suicide mortality vary in different societiesacross the world. While Russian suicide mortalitylevels are among the highest in the world, not much isknown about attitudes to suicide in Russia. This study aimsto obtain a greater understanding about the levels andcorrelates of suicide acceptance in Russia.Methods Data from a survey of 1,190 Muscovites wereanalysed using logistic regression techniques. Suicideacceptance was examined among respondents in relation tosocial, economic and demographic factors as well as inrelation to attitudes towards other moral questions.Results The majority of interviewees (80%) expressedcondemnatory attitudes towards suicide, although menwere slightly less condemning. The young, the highereducated, and the non-religious were more accepting ofsuicide (OR[2). However, the two first-mentioned effectsdisappeared when controlling for tolerance, while a positiveeffect of lower education on suicide acceptanceappeared. When controlling for other independent variables,no significant effects were found on suicide attitudesby gender, one’s current family situation, or by healthrelatedor economic problems.Conclusions The most important determinants of therespondents’ attitudes towards suicide were their toleranceregarding other moral questions and their religiosity. Moretolerant views, in general, also seemed to explain the moreaccepting views towards suicide among the young and thehigher educated. Differences in suicide attitudes betweenthe sexes seemed to be dependent on differences in otherfactors rather than on gender per se. Suicide attitudes alsoseemed to be more affected by one’s earlier experiences interms of upbringing and socialization than by events andprocesses later in life.

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Berlin: Springer , 2010. Vol. 46, no 8, 753-765 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-150542DOI: 10.1007/s00127-010-0244-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-150542DiVA: diva2:407636
Available from: 2011-03-31 Created: 2011-03-31 Last updated: 2011-10-19Bibliographically approved

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