Year: 2008 Source: Health Statistics Quarterly, no.37, (Spring 2008), p.8-14 SIEC No: 20080401

This article examines trends in suicide by marital status in England & Wales over the period 1982-2005. A protective effect of marriage has been observed in a number of previous studies & this article updates figures up to 2005. The article shows that despite changes in marriage patterns over the last 25 years, those who are married still have the lowest risk of suicide, & there has generally been no obvious decline in the difference in suicide rates between those who are married & those who are not. (22 refs.)