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Gender, relationship breakdown, and suicide risk: a review of research in western countries

Evans, Rhiannon Emily, Scourfield, Jonathan Bryn and Moore, Graham 2016. Gender, relationship breakdown, and suicide risk: a review of research in western countries. Journal of Family Issues 37 (16) , pp. 2239-2264. 10.1177/0192513X14562608

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Abstract

An association between divorce and suicide risk has been noted in numerous studies, but the gender profile of this risk has not been clearly established. This article reviews the evidence on gender differentials in suicide risk following the breakdown of an intimate relationship (including divorce and separation). Nineteen published articles that included individuallevel data were identified. Twelve reported a greater risk of suicide in men following relationship breakdown, two indicated a greater risk in women, and a further five showed no clear gender differential. Although there are possible indications of increased risk for men, no definitive conclusion about gender differential can be drawn. Furthermore, research is required that directly compares men with women for suicide risk following relationship breakdown.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0192-513X
Funders: The Samaritans
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 13:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/68550

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