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Suicide in early China and the current West

Pridmore, S ORCID: 0000-0002-9170-1798 and Pridmore, W 2018 , 'Suicide in early China and the current West' , Australasian Psychiatry , pp. 1-4 , doi: 10.1177/1039856218781013.

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Objectives: To characterize suicide in early China, as a means of extending knowledge of this behaviour.Methods: We examined Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and collated and considered relevant details.Results: In early China, loss of authority/status, loved ones and fortune were triggers for suicide. The expression ofthe intention to suicide, either by word or action, was observed and elicited a placating response. Less frequent, butnevertheless clearly recorded, were accounts of suicide completed to satisfy the wishes of others.Conclusions: The suicide and related behaviour of early China shares many features with late Western societies, butone form (to satisfy the wishes of others) is currently undetected.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Pridmore, S and Pridmore, W
Keywords: suicide, mental disorder, predicament suicide, history
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Psychiatry
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN: 1039-8562
DOI / ID Number: 10.1177/1039856218781013
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© The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2018

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