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Seasonality of suicide: An analysis of Florida and North Carolina suicides and unemployment

20 December 2007


Suicide is a major public health concern in the United States; in 2004 the suicide rate for the entire United States was 11.1 per 100,000 persons. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States for the entire population, and the third leading cause of death of those aged 10 through 24 (American Association of Suicidology, 2007). Research on suicide has covered a wide variety of topics as researchers have worked to find answers to the most self-destructive of all behaviors. Variables that have been examined with regard to suicide include diagnosis, social support, personality traits, impulsivity, sociodemographic factors, socioeconomic status, and seasonal variation in the distribution of suicides. This study adds to that body of literature, focusing on the season variation of suicides in Florida and North Carolina over the last three decades.


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