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ERIC Number: EJ957987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Rural Suicide Rates and Availability of Health Care Providers
Fiske, Amy; Gatz, Margaret; Hannell, Eric
Journal of Community Psychology, v33 n5 p537-543 Sep 2005
Suicide rates are higher in rural than in urban areas in the United States. One explanation that is frequently offered is scarcity of health and mental health treatment providers in rural areas. The current study tested whether number of providers per capita would explain differences in urban and rural suicide rates within the counties of California, using data from 1993-2001. Results indicate suicide rates were higher in more rural counties, entirely due to higher rural rates among European Americans. Findings also confirmed that there were fewer physicians and mental health care providers per capita in rural areas. Nonetheless, number of providers per capita was not related to suicide rates and thus could not explain the rural-urban differential in suicide rates. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California