Year: 2010 Source: Injury Prevention, v.16, no.4, (August 2010), p.247-253 SIEC No: 20101170

This study examined whether significant changes in method-specific male suicide rates occurred in Quebec after stronger firearms regulations were introduced in Canada in 1991; ascertained whether more stringent regulations influence firearms & total suicide trends among men; & determined whether different results are obtained according to the statistical methods used. The Joinpoint regression models suggest firearm suicide rates declined toward the end of the 1990s. Since 1996, the pace of decline was twice as great in men aged 15-34 years compared with men aged 35-64 years. Total suicide rates also declined among men 15-64 years during this period. Poisson regression analyses failed to detect the specific time when significant changes in the trend occurred. (40 refs) JA