The effect of war on suicide rates. A study of France from 1826 to 1913

Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1993;242(4):248-9. doi: 10.1007/BF02189971.


An analysis of suicide rates in France from 1826 to 1913 indicated that suicide rates were lower during years of war than during years of peace. This effect was stronger for female suicide rates than for male suicide rates and seemed to hold both for major and minor wars.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • France
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Suicide*
  • Warfare*