Studying the link between poverty and suicides

November 14, 2016
The study found that for men 45 to 64 years old, the proportion of alcohol-related suicides and poverty rates were positively associated.

According to a study conducted in part by UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, county suicide rates are positively associated with county poverty rates. This longitudinal study also found that employment and foreclosure were not connected with suicide rate. Notably, this is the first study to suggest measures for unemployment may not be as significant as measures for poverty rate. Mark S. Kaplan, study co-author and professor in UCLA Luskin’s Department of Social Welfare, emphasizes that we need to specifically target poverty reduction in order to see improvements in suicide prevention among economically disadvantaged communities.

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