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Ten year US study links divorce and male suicide

This ten year study, published in 2000,

Kposowa AJ Marital status and suicide in the National Longitudinal Mortality Study Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2000;54:254-261.

…concludes that “Marital status, especially divorce, has strong net effect on mortality from suicide, but only among men.”

  • For the entire sample, higher risks of suicide were found in divorced than in married persons.
  • Divorced and separated persons were over twice as likely to commit suicide as married persons (RR=2.08, 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) 1.58, 2.72).
  • Being single or widowed had no significant effect on suicide risk.
  • When data were stratified by sex, it was observed that the risk of suicide among divorced men was over twice that of married men (RR=2.38, CI 1.77, 3.20).
  • Among women, however, there were no statistically significant differentials in the risk of suicide by marital status categories

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