Year: 2004 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.8, no.3, (2004), p.287-292 SIEC No: 20041296

The present article addresses the possibility that previous research on physician suicide may have neglected a possible suppressor effect on suicide from a low risk of divorce among physicians. Using data on 143,885 deaths from the 1990 National Moratlity Detail Files, the author shows that when controls are introduced for marital status, gender, race, & other covariates of social status, physicians are 2.45 times more likely to die of suicide than the rest of the working age population. Implications are discussed. (35 refs)