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September 5, 2008

Soldiers and Suicide

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Sociologist Emile Durkheim

Sociologist Emile Durkheim

More than a century ago, French sociologist Emile Durkheim found that suicides were not simply the result of selfish individual action but were influenced by social forces such as age, gender and religion, and developed categories of suicide.  One of these categories is anomic suicide, where individuals take their life because they are not well integrated into society due to a breakdown of social ties.  A recent article in the Washington Post found that suicide is on the rise among active duty soldiers at an almost unprecedented level:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/04/AR2008090403333.html?sub=AR

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