Year: 1980 Source: British Journal of Psychiatry, v.136, (1980), p.469-478 SIEC No: 19830271

Compared the work histories of 75 completed suicides & 150 controls to test Durkheim’s theory of the protective nature of work. Suicides showed more unemployment & more absence through illness, had more frequent job changes, & held their jobs for shorter periods. They were less likely to retire gradually. There was no difference in social class mobility. Suicides were more likely to come from high risk occupations.