Year: 1997 Source: The Journal of Social Psychology, v.137, no.1, (February 1997), p.129-130 SIEC No: 19970849

Stack assessed whether artists as a broad occupational group are more apt to die from suicide than nonartists are. Recently released data on suicide mortality from 21 states that report occupational data was used to study the suicides of all artists, not just those who were successful. As anticipated, a strong bivariate relationship was found between artist status & the odds of suicide. The odds ratio indicated that being an artist elevated suicide risk by 112% relative to nonartists. (6 refs.)