Suicide – a Risk Behavior in Teenagers From Rural Areas, in Bihor County

This study identified suicide as a risk behaviour in teenagers in rural areas of Romania & assessed the relation between maturity, depression level, & suicidal risk. 57 teenagers (29 girls & 28 boys, ages 15-17 years) in Bihor County were studied using an epidemiological transversal inquiry with 4 questionnaires. The depression level among girls was […]

A Further Test of the Finno-Ugrian Suicide Hypothesis: Correspondence of County Suicide Rates in Romania and Population Proportion of Ethnic Hungarians

Across the 42 counties of Romania, the total suicide rate & the population percentage of ethnic Hungarians were strongly positively interrelated. Counties with the strongest Hungarian minority had suicide rates converging to (or exceeding) the suicide rate for Hungary, which is high. Of a set of about 20 vital statistics & socioeconomic indicators, only life […]

About Some 19th-Century Theories of Suicide: Interpreting Suicide in an East European Country

In this article I compare the suicide theories advanced by two 19th-century thinkers, Masaryk and Durkheim, and test their conclusions using data from an East European country, Romania, before and after the 1989 fall of communism. Using data from various sources (censuses, vital statistical publications, European databases), I follow two main directions in my discussion: […]

Parasuicide in Psychiatric Hospital

Published in “The Suicidal Process: Challenges for Treatment and Prevention”

Suicide in Children and Teenagers

Published in “The Suicidal Process: Challenges for Treatment and Prevention”

Aggressiveness and Suicidal Attempts in Epilepsy

Published in “The Suicidal Process: Challenges for Treatment and Prevention”

Evidence for Lack of Change in Seasonality of Suicide From Timis County, Romania

For commentary on this article, please see SIEC #2004-0040

Suicide in Romania

The author investigated all cases of suicide with autopsy reports in Romania between 1992 & 2001. His findings are described in this article, including urban vs. rural differences, sex differences, ratios of suicide to other violent death, temporal distributions, age differences, professional differences, & methods. The most significant finding was a higher frequency of suicide […]

Conference Report: Bioethics in Eastern Europe – Bioethics vs Suicide

A brief report is made on the second Internatinal Symposium of Bioethics in Eastern Europe, October 28-30, 1994. Papers were presented on issues concerning suicide, suicide prevention, euthanasia, & the role of psychiatrists & physicians in legal medicine. Many papers which attempted to understand the phenomenon of suicide within the context of Romanian society were […]

Report From Romania. Aspects Concerning Suicide in Romania

This article notes that prior to the 1989 Romanian Revolution, scientists were not allowed to study suicide. Any investigation of the issue had to be done with great caution. The few studies that were undertaken are noted. It is estimated that the rate of suicide varies between 16 to 18 cases per 100,000 population. Suicide […]

Paul Celan

This article provides a biography of Romanian poet, Paul Celan (1920-1970). He was Jewish, & both of his parents were killed by the Germans during the war. He wrote his poetry in German, & lived in France, but was accepted in neither country. Perhaps due to scars from the war, Celan committed suicide in 1970. […]

Considerations Upon the Attempts of Suicide During Infant-Juvenile Growth Period

Describes a study of 30 cases admitted to a child-psychiatric hospital service because of suicide attempts. Subjects were 12 boys & 18 girls aged 10-15 years. Data from their past personal histories show a great number of family & school problems. In many cases there was an obvious attempt to manipulate the environment & very […]