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Recency of divorce, depression, and suicide risk

Stack, Steven and Scourfield, Jonathan ORCID: 2015. Recency of divorce, depression, and suicide risk. Journal of Family Issues 36 (6) , pp. 695-715. 10.1177/0192513X13494824

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Previous individual-level research on the association between the status of divorce and suicide risk has been marked by two recurrent limitations: (a) it is not clear if the timing of divorce (recent vs. distal) affects risk of completed suicides and (b) it is not clear if the association between divorce and suicide completions will withstand controls for a series of risk and protective factors including psychiatric morbidity. The present study addresses these two gaps in the literature. Data are from the National Mortality Follow Back Survey and refer to 13,897 deaths including 1,169 suicides. A model is estimated that controls for major alternative predictors of suicide completions including psychiatric predictors (depression scale) and sociological risk and protective factors (job loss, job demotion, and religiosity). The results of a multivariate logistic regression analysis determined that, controlling for the psychiatric, social, and economic predictors of suicide completions, recent divorce increases the odds of death by suicide 1.6 times, compared with 1.3 times for distal divorce. The study provides the first systematic, U.S.-based results that show that the timing of divorce influences risk of completed suicides independent of depression.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: divorce/separation; family violence; work and family; religion; intimate relationships
Additional Information: Online publication date: 17 July 2013. Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 30/03/2016)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0192-513X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 22:50

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