Suicidal behavior from a life course perspective – pathways, repercussions and the role of social contexts

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2016
End date: 31/12/2017
Funding: 1600000 SEK


My research is concerned with the relation between different forms of social deprivation and health or behavioral outcomes. I have had the opportunity to study the association between lack of social and educational capital and self-rated health in Russia. I have also studied the relation between economic hardship and alcohol consumption patterns in the same population. However, the main bulk of my research is based on Swedish micro-level cohort data and is concerned with suicidal behavior in particular. That said, I have also studied neighborhood effects on a variety of social problems in Sweden and the relation between social capital and suicide across countries. The present research project aims to study suicidal behavior in midlife from a life course perspective using the Stockholm Birth Cohort Study (SBC). SBC is a unique prospective longitudinal study that covers the life of 15,117 individuals born in 1953 and living in the Stockholm Metropolitan area in 1963. Exploring whether the relations found in my PhD-thesis between gender-role marginality, poverty and social isolation in childhood and suicidal behavior in adolescence and young adulthood also hold true for suicidal behavior in midlife will be a natural point of departure for the project. Disentangling the relations between early life circumstances and the social processes that take place in adolescence and young adulthood for understanding attempted and completed suicide in midlife is of particular interest here. Furthermore, and following the linked lives principle of the life course perspective, I also intend to explore the social and health repercussions of a suicidal act on parents and siblings within SBC. Tests of the general validity of the project’s main results will be carried out with the Danish Metropolitan Study and the Aberdeen Cohort Study.

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