Method choice, intent, and gender in completed suicide

Diane G. Denning, Yeates Cowell, Deborah King, Chris Co

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Women who commit suicide use less violent methods, such as drugs and carbon monoxide poisoning, than do men, who more often use violent methods such as guns and hanging. Theories that attempt to explain this finding focus on gender differences in suicidal intent, socialization, emotions, interpersonal relationships, orientation and access to methods, and neurobiological factors. Data from a psychological autopsy study were used to test the theory that women who commit suicide use less violent means because they are less intent on dying. Although women were significantly less likely to use a violent method than men, there was no difference in the lethality of their suicidal intent.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-288
Number of pages7
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 20 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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