Year: 2010 Source: Journal of Marriage and Family, v.72, no.1, (February 2010), p.202-213 SIEC No: 20100339

Using data on 825,462 adults from the National Health Interview Survey Linked Mortality File reveals that living in families with stronger sources of social support & integration decreases risk of suicide. These effects persist despite controls for important individual level characteristics. Risk of suicide decreases for persons in married as well as unmarried families when children are present & risk increases for persons living with unrelated adults. These results reveal the structural importance of family formation on the social integrative forces that contribute to an individual’s risk of suicide. (51 refs.)