Socio-Economic Position and Suicidal Ideation in Men
AbstractPeople in low socio-economic positions are over-represented in suicide statistics and are at heightened risk for non-fatal suicidal thoughts and behaviours. Few studies have tried to tease out the relationship between individual-level and area-level socio-economic position, however. We used data from Ten to Men (the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health) to investigate the relationship between individual-level and area-level socio-economic position and suicidal thinking in 12,090 men. We used a measure of unemployment/employment and occupational skill level as our individual-level indicator of socio-economic position. We used the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (a composite multidimensional construct created by the Australian Bureau of Statistics that combines information from a range of area-level variables, including the prevalence of unemployment and employment in low skilled occupations) as our area-level indicator. We assessed suicidal thinking using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9). We found that even after controlling for common predictors of suicidal thinking; low individual-level and area-level socio-economic position heightened risk. Individual-level socio-economic position appeared to exert the greater influence of the two; however. There is an onus on policy makers and planners from within and outside the mental health sector to take individual- and area-level socio-economic position into account when they are developing strategic initiatives. View Full-Text
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Pirkis, J.; Currier, D.; Butterworth, P.; Milner, A.; Kavanagh, A.; Tibble, H.; Robinson, J.; Spittal, M.J. Socio-Economic Position and Suicidal Ideation in Men. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 365.
Pirkis J, Currier D, Butterworth P, Milner A, Kavanagh A, Tibble H, Robinson J, Spittal MJ. Socio-Economic Position and Suicidal Ideation in Men. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(4):365.Chicago/Turabian Style
Pirkis, Jane; Currier, Dianne; Butterworth, Peter; Milner, Allison; Kavanagh, Anne; Tibble, Holly; Robinson, Jo; Spittal, Matthew J. 2017. "Socio-Economic Position and Suicidal Ideation in Men." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14, no. 4: 365.
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