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Suicide and life insurance

  • T. J. O'Grady (a1), R. Naik (a1) and E. Butterworth (a1)
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In the study of suicide little attention has been paid to the role of life insurance. One might suppose that ‘deliberately accelerating the event insured against’ by homicide or suicide would void a policy. One might also predict that changes in attitude towards suicide, so that it is increasingly regarded as a medico-social problem rather than a criminal act, would be reflected in a softening of attitude among insurers. On the other hand, recent epidemiological changes, such as the increased suicide rate among young males, could make companies reluctant to relax their policy conditions.

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Suicide and life insurance

  • T. J. O'Grady (a1), R. Naik (a1) and E. Butterworth (a1)
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