Year: 1998 Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica Supplementum, v.98, no.394, (1998), p.20-25 SIEC No: 19981130

Age-specific suicide rates in the Baltic & Slavic regions of the former USSR were studied for 1984-90, & compared to those of 22 European countries. Suicide rates in the Slavic & Baltic regions increased directly with age for women, & showed a bimodal distribution for men. In most of the 22 European countries, the suicide rates of both genders increased directly with age. Results suggest that perestroika contributed to a unique pattern of male suicide mortality in the Slavic & Baltic regions.