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Mass Job Loss in a State Associated With Suicidal-Behavior Increase in Some Teens, Study Finds

Mass job layoffs have been found to play a role in triggering suicide-related behaviors in adults, and new research finds a similar association in some categories of teenagers as well, reports a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University assessed whether a relationship existed between suicide-related behaviors in teenagers and substantial statewide job loss. Using data from 1997 to 2009 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the researchers estimated the effects of mass layoffs—defined as affecting...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Monday, 18 August, 2014

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