Lifetime disadvantage and suicide in the ONS Longitudinal Study
Sara Magnusson and Paula Zaninotto, University College London
[Project number 30114]
The intention of this project is to investigate lifetime disadvantage
and risk of suicide. From previous suicide individual level studies using
the Longitudinal Study (i.e. Lewis & Sloggett 1998) it has been found
that economic activity measures such as unemployment are more detrimental
in terms of suicide than social class measures. 11 % of suicide cases
could be due to unemployment (Population Attributable Fraction) in the
younger working age group. This effect was even stronger when the authors
looked back in time for economic activity status at the previous Census.
The LS offers a long time frame of study and follow up and provides the opportunity to study changes over time in social status and economic activity.
Primary aims of the study