Year: 2009 Source: Geography Compass, v.3, (2009), p.1-14 SIEC No: 20100487

There is little consistency in the results of various climate-suicide studies. Almost all of the research in this area has been done by mental health experts with relatively little input from geographers &/or climatologists, thus highlighting the need for future collaborative efforts. Previous research has shown how the use of a single statistical method, as opposed to multiple methods, can yield misleading or confusing results. Future research on climate-suicide relationships should allow for more consideration of spatial & temporal variations in climate, culture, & demographics. Improved methods & cross-disciplinary methods will help arrive at consistent results that identify cimate variables that significantly affect suicide rates, if any exist. (82 refs.) JA