Major demographic, social and economic factors associated to suicide rates in Latvia 1980-98

E. Rancans, E. Salander Renberg, L. Jacobsson

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Objective: The aim of this study is to analyse the dynamics of suicide rates in Latvia 1980-98, when dramatic social and economical changes took place. Special attention is given to demographic risk groups and major socioeconomic correlates influencing the dynamics of suicide rates. Method: Descriptive statistics of suicide rates and major social and economical correlates. Results: During 1980-98 there were rapid swings of suicide rates. The increase was generated mainly by males reaching a maximum of 72 per 100 000 population in 1993. The sudden drop in gross domestic product, the rapid increase in first-time alcohol psychosis and the percentage of people unemployed did not correspond strictly with the dynamics of suicide rates. Conclusion: Demographic and socioeconomic factors could not explain sufficiently the rapid changes in suicide rates in Latvia during the years 1980-98; psychological factors also have to be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-281
Number of pages7
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol
  • Epidemiology
  • Gender
  • Latvia
  • Suicide
  • Unemployment

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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