Suicide pacts: International comparisons

D. A. Fishbain, T. E. Aldrich

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Twenty scuicide pacts (double suicides) from the Florida Dade County Medical Examiner's Office were identified. These data were compared using a standardized instrument to published suicide pact data from England, Japan, and Bangalore City, India. Results were analyzed using simple statistical methods. Major differences were found between Western suicide pacts and Eastern suicide pacts. In this study, the frequency of suicide pacts was found to be greatest for Japan; lover pacts were found to be typical for Japan; spouse pacts were typical for Dade County and England; and friend pact frequency was greatest for Bangalore City. In addition, it was found that suicide pact victims, in general, choose nonviolent suicide methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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