Age-Specific Suicide Rates

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:
Age-Specific Suicide Rates

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The relationship between cohort size and suicide entails considerable complexity. Chapter 6 attempted to make sense of the diverse theories and findings by arguing that suicide has a contingent relationship with cohort size. It presented a theoretical framework suggesting that the direction and magnitude of the influence of cohort size depended on the relative roles of market and transfer income in the economic support of groups and individuals. Based on the contingent argument, Easterlin's claims about the harm of cohort size should fit those groups most dependent on market earnings, while Preston's claims about the benefits of cohort size should fit those groups most dependent on public and private transfers. This chapter tests the hypothesis that the relationship of cohort size and suicide varies across social and economic conditions by examining the contextual influences of four factors related to the relative importance of state and market: age, gender, national context, and time period.

Keywords: cohort size; suicide; age; gender; national context; time period

Chapter.  7498 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Population and Demography

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