Year: 1988 Source: Canadian Journal of Public Health, v.79, no.1, (January/February 1988), p.37-44 SIEC No: 19880388

This study extends the analysis of Reed, Camus, & Last (1985) concerning suicide in Canada from 1921-25 to 1981-85. Their data are re-analyzed with the use of multivariate techniques appropriate for the separation of age, period, & cohort effects on suicide. Four covariates known to be relevant predictors of suicide mortality are examined along with age, period, & cohort factors. Findings provide confirmation for some of Reed et al’s conclusions but divergent results emerged as well. Concerning age, period, & cohort, the results indicate that suicide is mainly an age-specific phenomenon & that period & cohort are of limited relevance for the substantive understanding of this phenomenon in Canadian society. (19 refs.)