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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 485851, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/485851
Review Article

Life Cycle and Suicidal Behavior among Women

1Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Maule, Avenida San Miguel 3605, Talca, Chile
2Department of Psychiatry, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz Hospital, Autonoma University, CIBERSAM Avenida Reyes Catolicos 2, 28040 Madrid, Spain
3Department of Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute Columbia University, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032, USA
4Centro de Salud Mental de Hortaleza, 28033 Madrid, Spain

Received 21 December 2012; Accepted 23 January 2013

Academic Editors: I. (Ike) Ahmed, F. Petty, and S. Ramaswamy

Copyright © 2013 Pablo Mendez-Bustos et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

It is nowadays accepted that, independently of methodological issues, women commit fewer suicides than men but make more frequent attempts. Yet, female suicidal risk varies greatly along the lifetime and is linked to the most significant moments in it. A wide analysis of the existing literature was performed to provide a narrative description on the evolution of female suicidal rates from childhood to old age, considering the milestones in their life history. A detailed analysis of gender differences in suicidal behavior is key to establish preventive measures and priorities. More specific studies are needed to adapt future interventions on female suicide.