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Suicide and drought in New South Wales, Australia, 1970–2007

Hanigan, Ivan; Butler, Colin D; Kokic, Philip N; Hutchinson, Michael F


There is concern in Australia that droughts substantially increase the incidence of suicide in rural populations, particularly among male farmers and their families. We investigated this possibility for the state of New South Wales (NSW), Australia between 1970 and 2007, analyzing data on suicides with a previously established climatic drought index. Using a generalized additive model that controlled for season, region, and long-term suicide trends, we found an increased relative risk of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2012-08-28
Type: Journal article
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109.35 (2012): 13950-13955
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1112965109
Access Rights: Open Access


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