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Cohort Size and Suicide and Homicide Mortality

Fred C. Pampel

in The Institutional Context of Population Change

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780226645254
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226645278 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226645278.003.0006
Cohort Size and Suicide and Homicide Mortality

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This chapter extends the logic of the study of fertility by considering the processual effects of cohort size on age-specific suicide and homicide rates. To help make sense of the competing arguments about—and mixed empirical evidence on—cohort size as presented by Easterlin and Preston, it specifies conditions that strengthen or weaken the effects of cohort size. The hypotheses thus predict stronger effects at younger than older ages, among men than among women, in individualist nations than in collectivist nations, and in earlier time periods than in more recent time periods. The nature of the two types of lethal violence leads further to predictions that the hypotheses will be more strongly supported for suicide than for homicide mortality. Other determinants of violent mortality, such as family integration and economic opportunity, may also stem from changes in cohort size and therefore mediate the relationship between cohort size and violent mortality outcomes.

Keywords: cohort size; suicide; homicide rates; mortality; age

Chapter.  7652 words. 

Subjects: Population and Demography

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