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Date of Award

7-26-2004

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Krista Brockwood, PhD

Abstract

This study carries forward the study of seasonal variation of suicide within the United States. Suicides occurring within Florida (n=52,582) between 1970 and 2002 were analyzed using chi-square analysis. The examination of the seasonality of suicide by age group, sex, method, and secular trends was completed as well. Within Florida suicides exhibited a significant peak occurrence during the spring and summer, while the winter is the significant trough season. Drowning suicides peaked during the summer, and other/unreported suicide methods peaked during the winter. Suicides for individuals 65 and older peaked during the spring, which is a finding unique to this study. There were no significant findings in the analysis of seasonality of suicide by sex. There was no evidence of a decreasing trend in the occurrence of seasonality of suicide over the three decades studied. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

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