Lege Artis Medicinae

[Data on health-behaviour in samples from counties with high and low suicide rates]

ZONDA Tamás, PAKSI Borbála

FEBRUARY 20, 2002

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2002;12(02)

[Authors conducted a comparative sociological, social-psychiatric survey in the summer of 2000 on a representative sample (1000- 1000 people) from counties with high and low suicide rates (Bács-Kiskun and Vas). They also studied the so-called "health-behaviour" of subjects since it was supposed that negation or refusal of medical help are forms of latent auto-agressivity, probably of common origin with "direct" self-harm (alcohol abuse, smoking, suicide), from deeper behavioural roots. The rates of morbidity and mortality of the two counties do not differ each other significantly with the exception of alcoholism. In spite of this facts, people living in the Great Hungarian Plain (Alföld) regard themselves in worse health condition than people in western countryside, presenting as patients in the health care system more frequently in the Alföld. Authors did not find any connection between the quality of health behaviour and the sharply divergent suicide rates of the two territories. Studying the two sample as a whole, they found marked problems in the field of health behaviour in both counties. They also stress that suicide and alcoholism in Hungary are very closely connected entities. Authors suggest that tasks for the public health service in this matter are significant.]

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