Journal article

Unemployment and suicide. Evidence for a causal association?

TA Blakely, SCD Collings, J Atkinson

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health | Published : 2003


OBJECTIVES: To determine the independent associations of labour force status and socioeconomic position with death by suicide. DESIGN: Cohort study assembled by anonymous and probabilistic record linkage of census and mortality records. PARTICIPANTS: 2.04 million respondents to the New Zealand 1991 census aged 18-64 years. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Suicide in the three years after census night. RESULTS: The age adjusted odds ratios (95% confidence intervals) of death by suicide among 25 to 64 year olds who were unemployed compared with employed were 2.46 (1.10 to 5.49) for women and 2.63 (1.87 to 3.70) for men. Similarly increased odds ratios were observed for the non-active labour force compare..

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