Suicide and the Great Recession of 2007-2009: the role of economic factors in the 50 U.S. states.

@article{Phillips2014SuicideAT,
  title={Suicide and the Great Recession of 2007-2009: the role of economic factors in the 50 U.S. states.},
  author={Julie Phillips and Colleen N. Nugent},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2014},
  volume={116},
  pages={
          22-31
        }
}
After several decades of decline, U.S. suicide rates have risen since 2005, a trend driven largely by increases among those aged 45-64 that began in 1999. A prominent explanation for this pattern relates to deteriorating economic conditions, especially the sharp rise in unemployment associated with the Great Recession of 2007-2009. We pool data from 1997 to 2010 on the 50 U.S. states to examine the role of economic factors in producing the recent rise in suicide rates. Unlike prior studies, we… CONTINUE READING
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