CROSS-NATIONAL STUDY OF THE CORRELATION OF GENERAL POPULATION SUICIDE RATES WITH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES1

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Abstract

Individual and aggregate-level studies in at least seven countries have yielded significant positive correlations for suicide with unemployment, particularly for men of younger age groups. Unemployment may act as a stressful life event leading to suicide; however, the correlation of general population suicide rates with measures of unemployment in a cross-national study of 27 countries was not statistically significant, and the magnitude was small. To be certain, further data on unemployment rates would be needed for a larger number of countries, particularly with low income.

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