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Med Arch. 2010; 64(3): 168-170

Suicide Frequency in West-Herzegovina Canton for the Period 1984-2008

Zarko Santic, Ljerka Ostojic, Boris Hrabac, Jerko Prlic, Jozo Beslic.


The aim of this study was to examine trends of the number of suicides in four municipalities of West- Herzegovina Canton (Siroki Brijeg, Ljubuski, Grude, Posusje) during the period 1984 through 2008, as well as case distribution by gender, age and how the suicides were committed. Study results showed the total number of cases during the studied period was 134. Number of suicide cases in the prewar period during 8 years (1984-1991) was 33. During the war period (1992-1995) the number of cases dropped to 15. Statistically significant growth of number of suicides (86 cases) in 12 postwar years (1996-2008), compared to prewar and war figures, is interesting. Gender distribution research results showed presence of statistically significant difference in number of cases with males and females, with 106 and 28, respectively (p

Key words: Suicide, West-Herzegovina Canton.

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