The gender suicide paradox under gender role reversal during industrialisation

Fhionna Moore (Lead / Corresponding author), Shanice Taylor, Joanna Beaumont, Rachel Gibson, Charlotte Starkey

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Objectives: To test for social structural effects on the gender paradox in suicidal behaviour.

Methods: We analyzed newspaper reports of completed and attempted suicides in the Scottish city of Dundee during the mass movement of women into the paid labour force in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. We calculated rates of suicides per 100,000 of the male and female populations.

Results: We found that the female suicide rate dropped during this time period, whereas there was only a significant reduction in attempted suicide amongst men.

Conclusions: Our understanding, and action to prevent, suicide in men and women must take place in the context of our gendered social world.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0202487
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 23 Aug 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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