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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

Manuscript Submission Information

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed by experts in the field. Rapid peer review and prompt editorial decisions will ensure that quality manuscripts are published on time. The manuscript has not already been published or submitted elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). If similar work has been published or submitted elsewhere, you must provide a copy of the submitted manuscript. You may not submit your manuscript elsewhere while it is under consideration at the Journal of Men's Health. All manuscripts undergo thorough double-blind peer-review. To check the suitability of the special issue for publishing your manuscript, please read the journal's aims and scope and read or download the guide for authors. You may also send a brief abstract of your work (about 100 words) to the Editorial Office at A guide for authors and other relevant information for manuscript submission is available on the Instructions for Authors page.

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All manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Men's Health are assessed according to the journal standard editorial criteria. If accepted for publication, an Article Processing Charge of 1250 USD applies.

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Published Papers (6 papers)

Open Access Special Issue

Understanding the phenomenon of suicide

Leah Shelef

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.098

Abstract ( 872 ) PDF (69.12 kB) ( 231 )

Open Access Special Issue

Differences in suicidal behavior in sexual and gender minority populations

Amir Knaani,Lucian Tatsa Laur

Online publish date: 15 September 2021

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.118

Abstract ( 439 ) PDF (119.37 kB) ( 150 )

Open Access Special Issue

Adult men suicide: a developmental approach

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

Online publish date: 24 September 2021

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.126

Abstract ( 866 ) PDF (107.58 kB) ( 137 )

Open Access Special Issue

Predictive and protective factors in suicidal behavior among males diagnosed with postural tachycardia syndrome

Cathy L. Pederson,Brooke M. Wagner

Online publish date: 19 October 2021

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.135

Abstract ( 823 ) PDF (115.76 kB) ( 170 )

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