Year: 1987 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.17, no.3, (Fall 1987), p.194-203 SIEC No: 19871735

Data from a number of societies, including North America, indicate that wife abuse may be one of the most significant precipitants of female suicide. Anthropological analysis indicates that in some societies female suicide is a culturally recognized behavior that enables the weak to influence the strong &/or take revenge on those who oppress them. Case studies from Papua New Guinea & comparisons with other societies support this thesis. (GW)