The Significance of the Social Mobility and Migratory Movements for Suicides in SR Macedonia/Yugoslavia

The presenter discussed the effects of social mobility & internal migration on suicide in SR Macedonia after World War II. In just over 20 years, from 1948 to 1971, the population structure changed from being mostly rural to being just over 50% urban. However, suicide still occurred most frequently in the rural population. Overall, results […]

Suicides in Macedonia/Yugoslavia, From the Aspect of Time of the Committed Act

The hour, day, & month of suicide were analyzed for cases in SR Macedonia during 1967-1976 & reported in this presentation. The greatest number of suicides occurred during the day, from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Suicides during the day most often occurred among unemployed persons, housewives, & retired persons, & people with lower educational attainment. Suicides […]

The Ecology of Suicides in SR Macedonia/Yugoslavia

Suicides in SR Macedonia/Yugoslavia were discussed in this presentation. Information was available for 588 cases. The territorial distribution of these cases was examined & epidemiological characteristics of cases within each of 3 regions were described.

Suicide Knowledge and Attitudes Among Medical Students of the University of Nis


Life Events as Risk Factors for Suicidal Behavior

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

Changes in Characteristics of Suicides in Belgrade Area After 1991

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

Suicides of Females in Belgrade Area – a Comparative Study of Pre-war (1988-1990) vs. Post-War Period (1990-1992) in Former Yugoslavia

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

Suicides of Males in Belgrade Area – a Comparative Study of Pre-war (1988-1990) vs. Post-War Period (1990-1992) in Former Yugoslavia

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

Epidemiological Characteristics of the Suicides With Previous Suicidal Attempts

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

Alcoholism and Suicide

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

Reaching out to Survivors of Suicide – a Column From Befrienders International

This study, funded by Befrienders International, examined what effect, if any, the NATO bombing had upon suicidal behaviour in Novi Sad. 81 cases were reviewed through psychological autopsies; in only 5 cases did families refuse to be interviewed. A side effect of the study was that the interviews also provided a befriending service & emotional […]

Suicidal Behavior During NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia Conducta suicide durante los bombardeos de la OTAN sobre Yugoslavia

This article is an English translation. The original Spanish text is also available.

History and Regionality of Suicide Behavior in Slovenia

Presentation made at “Suicide: Interplay of Genes and Environment”, an international meeting held May 10-12, 2000 at Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Suicide, Aggression and war

This article examines theoretical perspectives for understanding aggressive acts of suicide and homicide during times of war and presents 1989 data for the former Yugoslav republics. Beginning in 1990, the rates of suicide & homicide in Serbia increased significantly until 1993 when the high rates levelled off. The article notes that whether the war, the […]

Suicide Risk Factors in old age

Befriending the Suicidal in Yugoslavia

The cultural & historical factors affecting suicide in Yugoslavia are discussed in the opening of this column. Differences in the rates of suicide in the various regions of Yugoslavia are summarized. The history of suicide intervention in Yugoslavia before 1991 is covered. The origin & operation of a Serbian volunteer organization called “Srce” (Heart) is […]

Report From Yugoslavia and Slovenia

This report details a conference on suicide held in Slovenia. The symposium focused on suicide epidemiology & suicide prevention. The report also lists some suggestions the author has on the future cooperation & exchange perspectives with other individuals & countries on the topic of suicide. The rest of the report examines current trends in Slovenia’s […]

The Role of Depressive Disorder in the Suicidal Behavior of Alcoholics

This study investigates the role depressive disorders play in the genesis of suicidal behavior in alcoholics. 3 groups of hospitalized alchoholics were examined: patients who had attempted suicide, who had sucidal ideation, or who had neither suicidal behavior or ideation. The MADRS & MMPI scales were used to evaluate depressive disorders. The results show that […]

Patients’ Experience of the Therapeutic Process in a Crisis Intervention Unit

This study examines the patient’s experience in the therapeutic process, his/her attitude towards the benefits of therapy, & his/her present condition. A questionnaire was sent to all patients hospitalized in a crisis intervention unit in Yugoslavia. The results are presented, as well as an analysis of what should be changed or improved. For example, they […]

Epidemiology of Huntington’s Disease in Rijeka District, Yugoslavia

This study analyzed the prevalence of Huntington’s disease (HD) in the Rijeka district of Yugoslavia. The authors found 24 people from 10 families in the district had HD. The rate was 4.46 per 100,000. Duration of the disease from initial symptoms to death averaged 10.6 years. It took an average of 5.3 years for a […]

Stunning Device as a Suicide Weapon

13 patients who attempted suicide with a stunning device were treated over a period of 11 years. 5 of them died. The survivors made a satisfactory recovery with minor neurological sequelae only. The characteristics of this type of brain injury are: high incidence of infection (all developed meningitis & 6 of them brain abscesses), with […]

A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Ideal and Undesirable Qualities of Crisis Line Workers

Telephone crisis line workers in two centers (Yugoslavia & the U.S.) self-assessed the ideal & undesirable peronality traits for their work. Both rated important traits as being motivated & being a good listener. Yugoslavian workers were more critical of themselves but this difference may lie in the use of professional & semi-professional counselors compared to […]

Suicidal Poisonings Caused by Pesticides in Voivodina (Yugoslavia) During 1960-1984 (IN: Current Issues of Suicidology, ed. by H J Moller, A Schmidtke & R Welz)

This survey compared the number of suicides by pesticides from 1961-1984 in Voivodina, Hungary. There were 381 suicides for a suicide rate of 20.5%. In 1960, of 80 poisoning cases, 29 or 36% were caused by pesticides. In 1984, there were 528 suicides, 44 which were due to poison, & 7 or 15% were with […]