The sociological study of suicide actually began in the 1820’s with research by Jean-Pierre Falret in France and Johann Casper in Germany (Thompson 109). Emile Durkheim organized this early work and integrated it into theoretical framework in the late 1800’s. He compared the lifestyles of Protestants and Catholics in his era along with the suicide rates of the recent studies. According to Thompson (110), Durkheim divided suicide into four main categories: egoistic, anomic, altruistic and fatalistic. The idea of these categories still strongly relates to our modern society and was the foundation for the study of suicidal tendencies in the present day.
The most common age of a suicide victim is between 40-44 years old (Statistics Canada). This could be explained by a mid-life crisis or the sudden realization of worthlessness or loneliness after many years by themselves. Not surprisingly though, teenagers are often seen taking their lives at a... [continues]
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