Life events and social support in suicide

Suicide Life Threat Behav. Winter 1993;23(4):343-58.


In a conceptual framework of suicide process, literature on life events and social support in suicide is reviewed. Few studies have centered on these issues, and the existing research has many methodological ambiguities. However, it can be concluded that life events play an important role in suicide process as risk and precipitating factors. The findings on disintegration of social networks and poor social support indicate lack of protective factors. Implications for future research are discussed. Further research focusing on more specific questions on the role of life events and social support as well as their interactions is needed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Research
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Support*
  • Suicide / prevention & control
  • Suicide / psychology*