Year: 1987 Source: Psychological Reports, v.60, (1987), p.245-246 SIEC No: 19880380

This work examined the relationship between traditional national holidays & suicide. Using a base of 13,651 cases, only for Christmas was there a statistically significant suppressing effect on suicide. For all 4 of the holidays examined there were fewer than the expected number of suicides during the week before & centered on the holiday. The week following these holidays, however, showed the reverse pattern, indicating a release of the suppressing effect associated with the holiday.(GW)