Australia: Marital Status

Excerpt from Australian Social Trends 2000. Published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Married people are less likely to die from suicide than those who were never married, widowed or divorced. Over the most recent period for which suitable date is available (1995-97) people in registered marriages exhibited lower suicide rates than people who were not married (whether never married, divorced, or widowed).

Although the male rates of suicide for the years 1995 to 1997 were about four times as high as female rates, the relationship between marital status and standardised death rates from suicide was similar for men and women. The average suicide rates for males who had never married was more than twice as high as those for married males, and the rates for widowers and divorced men were about three times higher. Similar patterns were observed for women.

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