Special Issue Title:

Do men and women differ when it comes to suicidal behavior?

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021

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  • Guest Editor

    Leah ShelefE-MailWebsite

    PhD, M.S.W., Former Head of the Psychology Branch, Air Force and IDF Mental Health Department, Israeli Medical Corps (reserve)

    Interests: Distress, Personality Resources, Gender subjective experience and Suicide Facilitating Process among Soldiers who have attempted Suicide

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Is men’s suicidal behavior different from that of women’s? Much research has been devoted to this question since the late 1980s. Scientific literature refers to it as “The Gender Paradox.” and studies investigated associations between gender and various variables and risk factors possibly suggesting differences between men and women in areas related to suicide, including treatment approaches. Gender differences in suicide-related behaviors can be seen already at an early age. There are also differences in the various components included in the suicidal behavior sequence and the suicidal process. Research shows that suicide ideation and suicide attempts are more common among females than among males. In contrast, the rate of males dying by suicide is significantly higher than that of females.

Three separate, but interrelated, variables have been studied extensively to explain the differences in suicidal behavior between the two sexes. They are: lethality of the suicidal act, methods used by suicide attempters, and intent to die.

Explanations of the reasons for the differences between the sexes are many. Clinical and social characteristics, such as physical or psychiatric illness, or negative life events have been found to impact males and females differently. Other possible reasons are socio-cultural differences, structural differences, differences related to gender roles and the different expectations from each gender. Yet more explanations focus on socialization, how one feels about the quality of one’s interpersonal relationships, differences in expressing one’s feelings, and differences in needs and weaknesses. All lead to differences in help-seeking, both in quantity and in style. Men, for example, tend to reach out for help less than women.

This gender effect crosses countries, cultures, and religions. It is also present in people with mental health disorders and may lead to suicidal behaviors.

Despite the rich literature on this topic, many questions still remain. Further investigation is necessary to understand the possible differences in the impact of significant life-changes occurring in the world, whether permanent or temporary (such as the COVID-19 pandemic). This special issue intends to bring to the reader new, up-to-date research on the fascinating and important subject of the differences in suicidal behavior between males and females, as well as literature reviews summarizing the current knowledge on this topic.

Dr. Leah Shelef

Guest Editor


Suicide, Suicide Ideation, Suicide Attempts, Gender, Sex difference, Lethality, Method, Treatment, Prevention

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Manuscripts should be submitted online by submit system. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Original articles, case reports or comprehensive reviews are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. JOMH is an international peer-reviewed open access journal published by MRE Press. As of January 2021, JOMH will change to a bimonthly journal. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $1200. We normally offer a discount greater than 30% to all contributors invited by the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor (GE) and Editorial board member. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.

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Published Papers (9 papers)

Open Access Special Issue

The gender paradox: do men differ from women in suicidal behavior?

Leah Shelef

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.099

(This article belongs to the Special Issue Do men and women differ when it comes to suicidal behavior?)

Abstract ( 1782 ) PDF (115.91 kB) ( 289 )

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Understanding the phenomenon of suicide

Leah Shelef

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.098

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Abstract ( 1337 ) PDF (69.12 kB) ( 286 )

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Differences in suicidal behavior in sexual and gender minority populations

Amir Knaani,Lucian Tatsa Laur

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.118

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Abstract ( 696 ) PDF (220.11 kB) ( 162 )

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Adult men suicide: a developmental approach

Michel Tousignant,Monique Séguin,Gustavo Turecki,Nadia Chawky,Claude Vanier,Raymond Morissette,Alain Lesage

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.126

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Abstract ( 1117 ) PDF (107.58 kB) ( 143 )

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Gender differences in youth attitudes towards suicide prevention during a community-based theater program

Joy C. Honea,Sarah N. Keller,Vanessa McNeill

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1801020

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Abstract ( 252 ) PDF (245.37 kB) ( 128 )

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Conversation analysis: psychotherapist interventions in different gender university students with depressive conditions and suicidal ideation

Lautaro Barriga,Marco Villalta,Camila Navarrete,Diego Benavides

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1802049

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Abstract ( 279 ) PDF (194.35 kB) ( 130 )

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Comparison of South Korean men and women admitted to emergency departments after attempting suicide: a retrospective study

Seung Taeg Seong,Jung Il Lee,Eun Kim,Duk Hee Lee

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1803066

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Abstract ( 234 ) PDF (3.51 MB) ( 117 )

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