Year: 2007 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.37, no.1, (February 2007), p.103-112 SIEC No: 20070637

Agnew’s General Strain Theory (1992, 2002) was applied to a qualitative analysis of 62 cases of suicide involving economic strain. Suicide risk was related to all categories of strain; however, economic strains were typically comorbid with additional strains in the genesis of suicide. Key auxiliary strains included anticipated loss of a home place, loss of a car, noxious social relationships, medical problems, death of loved ones, & involvement with the criminal justice system. Unemployment combined with anticipated eviction is recommended as a particular area for future research. (39 refs.)