Year: 2009 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.13, no.1. (2009), p.100-104 SIEC No: 20090617

Factors & stressful life stituations associated with suicidal hanging in a sample from India were studied to explore preventability. Information was collected on consecutive victims who died by hanging in a 2-year period from various sources including family members through psychological autopsies. Out of 662 autopsies during the study period, 104 had used hanging as the method. Age group of 21-30 years, married females, unmarried males, dowry related stress, unemployment, prolonged illness, failure in examinations, relationship & financial problems were associated more frequently with suicidal hanging. Stresses stemming from social practices & perceptions are linked with a considerable number of suicidal hangings, suggesting priority areas for intervention. (21 refs.)