Suicide rates vary markedly between geographic areas but it is unclear whether or not this is due to differences in the populations of the areas (composition effects) or to factors which operate at an area level (contextual effects). This study uses to NI-LS to examine a number of area level characteristics to determine if they are independently related to suicide risk after adjustment for individual and family characteristics.
Research Team: Dermot O’Reilly, Michael Rosato and Sheelah Connelly
Organisation(s): Queen’s University Belfast
Project Status: Complete
O ‘Reilly, D., Rosato, M., Connolly, S., and Cardwell, C. (2008) Area factors and suicide: 5-year follow-up of the Northern Ireland population. Br J Psychiatry 192(2):106-
NILS Research Brief 2 February 2011: Area factors and suicide in Northern Ireland