Why Are the British Hanging Themselves?

  title={Why Are the British Hanging Themselves?},
  author={Derrick J. Pounder},
  journal={The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology},
  • D. Pounder
  • Published 1 June 1993
  • Psychology
  • The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Suicide statistics for Britain (England and Wales) from 1950 to 1990 are analysed. A rising suicide rate among males, particularly the young, is associated with an increased use of hanging as a suicide method. The same trend is not seen among females. Death by hanging can seldom be concealed or regarded as other than suicide, so statistics for suicidal hanging are likely accurate. Increased suicidal hangings cannot be explained by changes in the availability or awareness of the method and must… 

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