Elevated suicide rates on the first workday: A replication in Israel

Igor Weinberg, Gadi Lubin, Moti Shmushkevich, Zeev Kaplan

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This study verified variations in suicide rates throughout the days of the week among Israel Defense Force soldiers during 1974-2001. Results confirmed the findings of most previous studies. The first workday was associated with a 60% increase in suicide rate among young men. This increase was not observed among female reserve or professional soldiers. This finding might indicate a particular susceptibility of men to contextual and situational factors. The explanation of the increased suicide risk on the first workday stresses such processes as the broken-promise effect as well as difficulty in facing the demands of service and transitions from the weekend to the workweek.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-688
Number of pages8
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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