Suicide and the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Arch Suicide Res. 2005;9(1):99-104. doi: 10.1080/13811110590512994.


This Commentary explores the impact of the Cultural Revolution instigated by Mao Zedong in Communist China from the year of 1966 to 1976 on suicidal behavior. Cases of individuals who completed suicide are presented, together with examples of the suicide notes they left. The lack of protest suicide is noted.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Asian People / psychology*
  • Asian People / statistics & numerical data*
  • China / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Social Change*
  • Suicide / ethnology*