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Mao Zedong and suicide triggered by social predicament

Pridmore, W, Shahtahmasebi, S and Pridmore, S ORCID: 0000-0002-9170-1798 2018 , 'Mao Zedong and suicide triggered by social predicament' , American Journal of Medical Research, vol. 5, no. 1 , pp. 7-12 , doi:

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Background: It is popularly believed that all suicide is the result of mentaldisorder. We have proposed the concept of “predicament suicide” – suggesting that suiciderepresents escape from intolerable circumstance, and while mental disorder may be onetrigger, there are many others, such as social and economic difficulties. Objective: With aview to extending our understanding we explored thinking on this subject by Mao Zedong,one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Conclusions: Mao strenuously heldthat suicide is caused by the social environment/society – he was particularly concerned withoppression and institutionalized disadvantage, which he sought to correct via revolution.His belief that “A person’s suicide is determined entirely by circumstances” correspondsprecisely with the concept of “predicament suicide.”

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Pridmore, W and Shahtahmasebi, S and Pridmore, S
Keywords: suicide; suicide prevention; women
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Medical Research
Publisher: Addleton Academic Publishers
ISSN: 2334-4814
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