The role of social isolation in suicide

Suicide Life Threat Behav. 1980 Spring;10(1):10-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278x.1980.tb00693.x.


This paper reviews the literature which relates to the role of social isolation in suicide. Major areas include theories on suicide and social isolation, measures of social isolation, and empirical studies which concern the relationship of social isolation to suicide. Social isolation seems to be related to suicidal behaviors in a direct and fundamental way. Implications for helping contacts and the community are addressed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Child
  • Depression / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Social Isolation*
  • Suicide / psychology*