Year: 1991 Source: Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, (24th: 1991: Boston), p.19-20 SIEC No: 19930009

A feature commonly found in the study of suicides & suicide attempts of the elderly is that there are similarities concerning methods, precipitating factors & family structure. This premise was studied in 3 locations in Japan. Hanging was the most common method used. Precipitating causes included illness & depression. Interestingly, alcoholism was not found to be a contributing factor. Family structure played a role in the finding that elderly in rural areas were more vulnerable to suicide.