Suicide notes from Australia and the United States

Percept Mot Skills. 2003 Jun;96(3 Pt 2):1281-2. doi: 10.2466/pms.2003.96.3c.1281.


The rates and patterns of suicide in the United States and Australia re similar. There are, however, few empirical studies comparing these two countries; indeed, there is a paucity of cross-cultural study in suicidology in general. Suicide notes from both countries were compared, based on Leenaars' multidimensional model of suicide. No major differences were noted as is in keeping with similar studies of suicide notes around the world. It was concluded that the model may be applicable to suicides in both countries; further study is warranted.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Correspondence as Topic*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Culture*
  • Humans
  • Suicide / ethnology*
  • Suicide / psychology*
  • United States