Educational Mobility and Suicide in Hungary
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.