Material hardship and suicidal behavior: Associations among parents and non-parents

Introduction Material hardship is unique facet of economic distress and may be a risk factor for suicidal behavior. Parents are more likely to experience both material hardship and suicidal behavior than non-parents. The aims of this study were to (a) examine the association of material hardship with suicidal behavior and (b) assess whether associations differed […]

The influence of poverty attribution on attitudes toward suicide and suicidal thought: A cross-national comparison between South Korean, Japanese, and American populations

Background Previous studies report that income inequality is an important risk factor for depression and suicide, and an increasing income gap appears inevitable. However, little study to date has investigated associations between the attribution of poverty and suicide. Though we previously reported associations between socio-cultural factors, including income, and suicide, we tried to explore more […]

The intersectionality of gender and poverty on symptom suffering among adolescents with cancer

Background: To determine if the intersectionality of gender and poverty is associated with health disparities among adolescents with cancer.We hypothesized unobserved latent classes of patients existwith respect to cancer-related symptoms; and class classification varies by gender–poverty combinations. Procedure: Cross-sectional data were collected among adolescents with cancer and families (N = 126 dyads) at four tertiary […]

“There is so much more for us to lose if were to kill ourselves”: Understanding paradoxically low rates of self-harm in a socioeconomically disadvantaged community in London

London has unexpectedly low overall rates of self-harm in public health data and contains highly deprived areas with these paradoxically low rates. Qualitative data were collected via interviews and focus groups with 26 individuals living and working in one such area. Using the Stress Process Model, we explore why this ethnically diverse community, which is […]

Association of pediatric suicide with county-level poverty in the United States, 2007-2016

Objective  To assess the association between pediatric suicide rates and county-level poverty concentration. Design, Setting, and Participants  This retrospective, cross-sectional study examined suicides among US youths aged 5 to 19 years from January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2016. Suicides were identified using International Statistical Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification codes from the Centers for Disease Control […]

‘Dead people don’t claim’: A psychopolitical autopsy of UK austerity suicides

One of the symptoms of post financial crisis austerity in the UK has been an increase in the numbers of suicides, especially by people who have experienced welfare reform. This article develops and utilises an analytic framework of psychopolitical autopsy to explore media coverage of ‘austerity suicide’ and to take seriously the psychic life of […]

Family, health, and poverty factors impacting suicide attempts in Cambodian women: A qualitative analysis from a randomly selected national sample

Background: Our recent report demonstrates that 5.5% of Cambodian women have previously attempted suicide. Despite these high rates and critical need for intervention, research on suicide attempts in Cambodia is lacking, and life-saving information on suicide prevention is therefore unknown. Aims: This study explores factors impacting Cambodian women suicide attempts. Method: A total of 1,801 […]

Canada considers a basic income guarantee: Can it achieve health for all?

There is little doubt that the implementation of a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) in Canada and other liberal welfare states would alleviate some of the most egregious examples of absolute poverty that contribute to poor health such as lack of adequate food and shelter and inability to meet basic household and personal needs. BIG would […]

The cost of school holidays for children from low income families.

School holidays can be stressful periods for children from low-income families. Poor provision of appropriate childcare, limited access to enrichment activities, and food insecurity mean that children’s health and well-being can suffer and their learning stagnate or decline. This article examines and documents the evidence that has emerged on this topic and aims to raise […]

Elucidating adolescent aspirational models for the design of public mental health interventions: A mixed-method study in rural Nepal.

Background Adolescent aspirational models are sets of preferences for an idealized self. Aspirational models influence behavior and exposure to risk factors that shape adult mental and physical health. Cross-cultural understandings of adolescent aspirational models are crucial for successful global mental health programs. The study objective was elucidating adolescent aspirational models to inform interventions in Nepal. […]

Substance use disorders and poverty as prospective predictors of adult first-time suicide ideation or attempt in the United States.

This study examined whether substance use disorders (SUD) and poverty predicted first-time suicide ideation or attempt in United States national data. Respondents without prior histories of suicide ideation or attempt at Wave 1 of the NESARC (N = 31,568) were analyzed to determine the main and interactive effects of SUD and poverty on first-time suicide ideation or […]

Economic recession, alcohol, and suicide rates: Comparative effects of poverty, foreclosure, and job loss.

Introduction Suicide rates and the proportion of alcohol-involved suicides rose during the 2008–2009 recession. Associations between county-level poverty, foreclosures, and unemployment and suicide rates and proportion of alcohol-involved suicides were investigated. Methods In 2015, National Violent Death Reporting System data from 16 states in 2005–2011 were utilized to calculate suicide rates and a measure of […]

Understanding suicide in socially vulnerable contexts: Psychological autopsy in a small town in Mexico.

In Mexico, suicides are increasing in certain latitudes where local rates have grown to levels of alert; suicide is also the second most common cause of death for the group aged 15 to 19. The psychological autopsy method was utilized to uncover and analyze common factors in all of the registered suicides within 2011 and […]

The role of social support and social context on the incidence of attempted suicide among adolescents living in extremely impoverished communities.

Seven thousand two hundred ninety-nine adolescents were used to evaluate the effect of social support and context on suicide attempt, and to estimate the overall risk of suicide attempt. The current study provides insight into the nature of suicide attempt within a grossly understudied population. Social support and social context have an important impact on […]

Suicide attempts and stressful life events among female victims of intimate partner violence living in poverty in Nicaragua.

This article describes a study of 136 female intimate partner violence victims living in poverty in Nicaragua. The paper aimed to analyze the relationship between experiencing stressful life events (SLE) and perceived social support with suicide attempts, and to evaluate the differences in the SLE experienced by female suicide attempters versus non-attempters. The results showed […]

Kids, poverty and mental health: Children of war.

Aivana, a Hamilton high school student survived a bomb blast in her native Iraq when she was seven. She is one of many immigrant children who grew up in war-torn countries and witnessed violence on the streets and in school. Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at

Suicide in a poor rural community in the Western Cape, South Africa: Experiences of five suicide attempters and their families.

International studies have documented the association between poverty, low education levels and poor mental health, including suicide attempts. Many farm worker communities in the Western Cape, South Africa, are exposed to poor living and working conditions throughout their lives. They also tend to suffer from chronic illness such as tuberculosis as well as widespread alcohol […]

Attachment mediates the childhood maltreatment-daily hassles link in low-income, suicidal African American women.

This study examined if attachment patterns mediated the link between childhood maltreatment and total daily and interpersonally oriented life hassles in 135 low-income, inner-city, suicidal African American women. Participants completed self-report measures of childhood maltreatment, attachment styles, and daily life hassles dimensions. Bootstrapping analyses revealed that (a) negative views of self mediated the relationship between […]

Poverty or prosperity: Indigenous children in Canada.

Based on data from the 2006 census, this study disaggregates child poverty statistics and identifies three tiers of poverty for children in Canada. In particular, it finds that Indigenous children in Canada are over two and a half times more likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous children. According to the report, Indigenous children trail […]

The missing piece:A sociological autopsy of firearm suicide in the United States.


“Let me count the ways:” Fostering reasons for living among low-income, suicidal African American women.

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