Year: 1997 Source: Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, (19th: 1997: Adelaide), p.327-328 SIEC No: 19980091

Two competing explanations of the effect of social mobility were studied. The first regards the direction of change as the decisive factor & the second maintains that it is change in itself & not the direction of change that is important. A case-control study in 1994 compared suicide victims in Budapest with a random sample of controls. Social mobility measures were analyzed by logistic regression. Results support the first theory – downward social mobility greatly increased the risk of suicide.