Increased Suicide Rate among Middle-Aged Americans Associated with Recession

February 28, 2015 4:46 PM

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For the study the information on U.S. suicides between 2005 and 2010 was analyzed by the researchers. They examined the circumstances involved in suicides like job or financial crisis. During the period of the study, the suicide rate among adults between the ages 40 and 60 rose from 15.5 suicides per 100,000 people in 2005 to 18.2 suicides per 100,000 people in 2010. The sharpest increase in suicides linked to job or financial issues was observed around the worst years of the recession, between 2007 and 2008.

The authors of the study include Robert Wood Johnson Foundation director Katherine A. Hempstead, PhD, of Princeton, N.J, who is also the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University, and Julie A. Phillips, from the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, in New Brunswick...

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