Journal article

Occupational class differences in suicide: evidence of changes over time and during the global financial crisis in Australia

Alison J Milner, Heather Niven, Anthony D LaMontagne

BMC Psychiatry | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Previous research showed an increase in Australian suicide rates during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). There has been no research investigating whether suicide rates by occupational class changed during the GFC. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the GFC-associated increase in suicide rates in employed Australians may have masked changes by occupational class. METHODS: Negative binomial regression models were used to investigate Rate Ratios (RRs) in suicide by occupational class. Years of the GFC (2007, 2008, 2009) were compared to the baseline years 2001-2006. RESULTS: There were widening disparities between a number of the lower class occupations and the highe..

View full abstract

Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Capacity Building Grant in Population Health and Health Services Research


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Capacity Building Grant in Population Health and Health Services Research (ID: 546248) and a Centre grant from the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (Melbourne). The funding source had no involvement in the study design; collection, analysis and interpretation data; the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the paper for publication.