Change in suicide rates in Switzerland before and after firearm restriction resulting from the 2003 “Army XXI” reform.

  title={Change in suicide rates in Switzerland before and after firearm restriction resulting from the 2003 “Army XXI” reform.},
  author={T. Reisch and T. Steffen and A. Habenstein and W. Tschacher},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={170 9},
  • T. Reisch, T. Steffen, +1 author W. Tschacher
  • Published 2013
  • Medicine
  • The American journal of psychiatry
  • OBJECTIVE Firearms are the most common method of suicide among young men in Switzerland. From March 2003 through February 2004, the number of Swiss soldiers was halved as a result of an army reform (Army XXI), leading to a decrease in the availability of guns nationwide. The authors investigated the patterns of the overall suicide rate and the firearm suicide rate before and after the reform. METHOD Using a naturalistic study design, the authors compared suicide rates before (1995–2003) and… CONTINUE READING
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