What Accounts for the Differences in Suicide Trends Across Countries of the Former Soviet Union?
|Grodno State Medical University, Belarus|
|Corresponding Author :||Razvodovsky YE
Assistant Professor, Grodno State Medical University
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|Received: October 05, 2015 Accepted: December 08, 2015 Published: December 18, 2015|
|Citation: Razvodovsky YE (2015) What Accounts for the Differences in Suicide Trends Across Countries of the Former Soviet Union? J Socialomics 5:134. doi:10.4172/2167-0358.1000134|
|Copyright: © 2015 Razvodovsky YE. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
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Suicide is a major public health problem worldwide . The Slavic countries of the former Soviet Union Russia, Ukraine and Belarus retain one of the highest suicide rates in the world, despite a gradual decline over the past decade. Since the early 1980s, suicide mortality in these countries has undergone sharp fluctuations . In general, the temporal pattern of suicide mortality fluctuations was similar for three countries: sharp decrease in the mid of 1980s, dramatic increase in the first half of 1990s followed by a decline. While the trends in suicide mortality have been similar in three countries during the Soviet period, there was significant discrepancy after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.