Journal article

Widening socioeconomic inequalities in Australian suicide, despite recent declines in suicide rates

Lay San Too, Phillip CF Law, Matthew J Spittal, Andrew Page, Allison Milner

SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2018

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study aims to investigate trends in socioeconomic inequalities of suicide from 1979 to 2013 for Australian males and females aged 15-34 years and 35-64 years. METHODS: Data on suicides and population were obtained from national registries. An area-based measure of socioeconomic status (SES) was used, and categorized into low, middle, and high SES areas. Suicide rates for each SES groups were estimated using a negative binomial regression model, adjusted for confounders. Socioeconomic inequalities in suicide were assessed using absolute and relative risk of low-to-high SES areas. Secular changes in socioeconomic inequalities were assessed using trend tests for relative risk. RES..

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