Suicidality: Clusters, Contagion, and Pacts

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Suicide clusters are generally defined as groups of suicides, suicide attempts, or both that are closer in time and space than normally expected in a given location. Suicide contagion is a related concept whereby susceptible persons are thought to be influenced toward suicidal behavior as a result of knowledge of another person's suicidal act. Suicide pacts describe the suicides of two or more individuals with an agreed-upon plan to die together or separately and closely timed. This entry discusses each of these concepts.


Community Health | Mental and Social Health | Social Psychology | Sociology


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